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  • U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II arrives for first Middle East deployment

    U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II arrives for first Middle East deployment

    April 15, 2019

    The U.S. Air Force’s fifth generation multi-role aircraft arrived for its first deployment to the Middle East on April 15, 2019. The F-35A Lightning IIs are from active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

    As the first deployment to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of…

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron brings its partner nation cohesion to the fight at Red Flag

    62nd Fighter Squadron brings its partner nation cohesion to the fight at Red Flag

    March 27, 2019

    The “Spikes” of the 62nd Fighter Squadron returned from a successful trip to Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 22, 2019.

    Their success could be measured by the fact that they have a training mission at Luke Air Force Base that had to continue while they were gone. They took five F-35A Lighting IIs with…

  • F-35A crew swap provides flexibility for training, combat

    F-35A crew swap provides flexibility for training, combat

    March 20, 2019

    Maintainers and pilots in the 388th Fighter Wing recently completed the first operational rapid crew swap exercise with the F-35A Lightning II.

    Other aircraft like bombers, tankers, helicopters, and twin engine fighters have been doing ‘hot crew swaps’ for some time. Until now, it hasn’t been safe to do with a…

  • Hill’s fighter wings begin night flying

    Hill’s fighter wings begin night flying

    March 12, 2019

    The active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings will conduct increased flying operations over the next month, including night-flying missions with the F-35A Lightning II.

    Local residents may notice increased activity during the evening hours as pilots continue to sharpen their night-time combat flying skills.

  • F-35 maintainer is on his way to becoming an F-35 pilot

    F-35 maintainer is on his way to becoming an F-35 pilot

    March 07, 2019

    Staff Sgt. Andrew Martin, a Reserve Citizen Airman crew chief assigned to the 944th Fighter Wing’s Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here, knew at the age of 5 he wanted to be a pilot.


    “My grandfather got me one flying lesson per month starting when I was 13 and I wanted nothing else,” Martin said. “Back then I was…

  • Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

    Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

    February 28, 2019

    The Department of the Navy Declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with its fleet of F-35Cs on February 28, 2019. The milestone demonstrates the maturity and capability of the F-35C and is a significant step on the road to the first scheduled F-35C deployment in 2021.

    The Navy joins the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S.…

  • Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

    Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

    February 28, 2019

    The Department of the Navy Declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with its fleet of F-35Cs on February 28, 2019. The milestone demonstrates the maturity and capability of the F-35C and is a significant step on the road to the first scheduled F-35C deployment in 2021.

    The Navy joins the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S.…

  • Luke F-35 weapons load crew capabilities enhanced through total force training

    Luke F-35 weapons load crew capabilities enhanced through total force training

    February 27, 2019

    It’s a phrase often heard around the Air Force, “We train like we fight”, and this time, it came from the weapons community in what’s commonly referred to as the “Weapons Load Barn”.

    A team of four Air Reserve Technicians from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, brought a…

  • F-35A maintainers, special ops team for forward refueling

    F-35A maintainers, special ops team for forward refueling

    February 27, 2019

    America’s most advanced aircraft integrated with a variant of one of its oldest and truest airframes this week to provide more combat flexibility to the Air Force.

    For the first time, Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah, and Airmen from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron and the 27th Special Operation…

  • Lightning Integrated Technicians Make Strides in the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit

    Lightning Integrated Technicians Make Strides in the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit

    February 20, 2019

    The 2018 Luke initiative to increase F-35A Lightning II maintenance efficiency through the creation of a team of unified maintenance specialties called Lightning Integrated Technicians has expanded to all 120 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen and maintenance on 15 F-35As.

    Maintainers from independent career fields,…

  • Hill Airmen, F-35 a lethal combo at Red Flag

    Hill Airmen, F-35 a lethal combo at Red Flag

    February 15, 2019

    Today, Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron wrapped up flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II in an “exponentially more challenging” Red Flag.

    The 4th FS integrated the F-35A into a large, capable “Blue Force” in diverse missions against an equally capable “Red Force.” Nearly…

  • DoD Makes ​F-35 MRO&U Component Global Assignments

    DoD Makes ​F-35 MRO&U Component Global Assignments

    February 12, 2019

    The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the next tier of air vehicle and propulsion component repair capabilities Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS).

    These work assignments support almost 400 repairable items on the aircraft. Examples of…

  • The Royal Netherlands Air Force First Operational F-35 Rolls Out

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force First Operational F-35 Rolls Out

    January 30, 2019

    Dutch and American officials celebrated the roll out of the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) in Fort Worth, Texas, commemorating a transformational leap in capability for the future of the Netherlands' national defense.

    "Receiving this F-35 at…