News: Eglin AFB

  • Lockheed Martin Follows ‘Blueprint’ To Drive Down F-35 Costs

    Lockheed Martin Follows ‘Blueprint’ To Drive Down F-35 Costs

    AIN Online // June 12, 2015
    Lockheed Martin (Chalet 316) is taking steps to improve its manufacturing processes for the F-35 Lightning II. The company contends that more efficient manufacturing methods will help it drive down the flyaway cost of the fifth-generation fighter by $10 million by 2019, and by more if the U.S. government invests.
  • First Female F-35 Pilot Begins Training

    First Female F-35 Pilot Begins Training

    Eglin AFB, Florida // May 06, 2015
    Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group deputy commander, completed her first training flight in the single-seat fifth-generation fighter following 14 virtual training missions in the Full Mission Simulator at the F-35 Academic Training Center.
  • RAAF Pilot Paves Future with First F-35 Flight

    RAAF Pilot Paves Future with First F-35 Flight

    Eglin Air Force Base - 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 25, 2015
    “Everything I’ve done in the simulator made the F-35 remarkably easy to fly,” said Jackson. “It felt very similar to the F-18 Hornet that I have flown previously, so it was a very comfortable transition.”
  • Meet The F-35 Developmental Test Fleet At Edwards AFB

    Meet The F-35 Developmental Test Fleet At Edwards AFB

    Aviation Week // March 20, 2015
    Among the test aircraft at Edwards AFB are five added since the development started in 2001 to boost a focus on mission-systems flight trials, largely associated with the aircraft’s complex software.
  • Australia’s First F-35A Pilot Takes Flight

    Australia’s First F-35A Pilot Takes Flight

    Australian Department of Defence // March 20, 2015
    The flight was on the morning of Wednesday 18 March in a United States Air Force F-35A aircraft, as the Australian F-35A aircraft are currently located at Luke Air Force Base.
  • 17 (Reserve) Squadron Begins UK F-35 Testing

    17 (Reserve) Squadron Begins UK F-35 Testing

    UK Ministry of Defence // February 09, 2015
    The squadron, which was first formed in 1915, will be responsible for all the test and evaluation of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II.
  • First Australian Pilot to Undertake F-35 Training

    First Australian Pilot to Undertake F-35 Training

    Australian Department of Defence // January 26, 2015
    Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, Australia’s first F-35A pilot, will commence training for his first F-35A flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
  • Marines Receive First F-35C

    Marines Receive First F-35C

    Eglin AFB, Florida // January 23, 2015
    The jet will soon begin training in support of carrier-based operations.
  • First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

    First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // October 21, 2014
    Three Airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit loaded training munitions onto an F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load, officially becoming the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A.
  • The Difference Between 4th and 5th Gen EW

    The Difference Between 4th and 5th Gen EW

    Intercepts (Defense News blog) // October 13, 2014
    Air Force Lt. Col. Gene “Joker” McFalls, F-35 Enterprise Lead with the 53rd Electronic Warfare Group, discusses the difference between 4th- and 5th-gen fighters.
  • VFA-2 supports the future of Naval Aviation

    VFA-2 supports the future of Naval Aviation

    Hanford Sentinel // October 13, 2014
    The Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron Two (VFA-2) recently sent a small detachment of their highly skilled aircrew and maintainers to Eglin AFB in support of the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron 101.
  • First DOD general officer completes F-35 qualification training

    First DOD general officer completes F-35 qualification training

    Team Eglin Public Affairs // September 30, 2014
    When the wheels of his F-35A Lightning II touched down here around 1 p.m., Sept. 26, Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria became the first Department of Defense general officer to complete qualification training in the joint strike fighter.