News: Eglin AFB

  • Training for Joint, U.K. F-35 Programs Heat Up

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // July 03, 2013

    The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters ramped up to 28 aircraft June 25, bringing in new capability for the F-35 Integrated Training Center as the team trains to provide combat operations capability in the years ahead.

  • Third F-35 for the U.K. Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

    Third F-35 for the U.K. Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // June 26, 2013
    The third Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., yesterday where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training.
  • First F-35C Reports to the Navy

    First F-35C Reports to the Navy

    Fort Worth, Texas // June 24, 2013

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Navy carrier variant (CV) aircraft, CF-6, arrived at Strike Fighter Squadron 101 located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on June 22. The jet is the Navy’s first 5th generation F-35 production aircraft.

  • Navy Receives First F-35C Lightning II

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // June 22, 2013

    The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

  • F-35 Fleet Grows, Training Capability Increases at Eglin

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // June 06, 2013
    The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft grew to 25 aircraft as the F-35 Integrated Training Center here welcomed two new Air Force F-35A variants of the multi-role fighter to the Emerald Coast yesterday.
  • Marine Corps Celebrates One-Year F-35B Flying Anniversary at Eglin Air Force Base

    Marine Corps Celebrates One-Year F-35B Flying Anniversary at Eglin Air Force Base

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // May 23, 2013
    The Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 celebrated the one-year anniversary of flying the F-35B Lightning II here Wednesday by continuing to train up the pilots and maintainers on the nation’s newest fifth-generation fighter.

    “This is a once in a lifetime chance to get to write the first chapter in a story…

  • F-35A Instructor Pilots Qualify in Aerial Refueling

    F-35A Instructor Pilots Qualify in Aerial Refueling

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // May 21, 2013
    The initial cadre of F-35A Lightning II instructor pilots qualified in aerial refueling last week, adding another capability for student pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing's F-35 Integrated Training Center here.

    "Eleven pilots had flown 14 refueling missions across the boom with the help of a KC-135 Stratotanker…

  • Joint Strike Fighter

    GOV.UK // May 20, 2013
    A small team of UK personnel are learning all about the fifth-generation stealth aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

    So far, Britain has taken delivery of 2 Lightning II multi-role Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The pair of STOVL (short take-off and vertical landing) variants of the F-35 fast jet are currently…

  • Air Force Begins Training F-35 Instructor Pilots In Aerial Refueling

    Air Force Begins Training F-35 Instructor Pilots In Aerial Refueling

    Defense Daily // May 17, 2013
    The Air Force this week began training an initial cadre of instructor pilots in F-35 aerial refueling at Eglin AFB, Fla., starting a process that will allow the service to eventually train other pilots at various bases across the country.

    Air Force 50th Fighter Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Lee Kloos told Defense Daily…

  • Eglin AFB receives its first Block 2A F-35

    Flight Global // May 09, 2013

    The US Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, received its first Block 2A configuration Lockheed Martin F-35A on 6 May. Another similarly configured aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the base later in the month.

    This aircraft called, AF-25, is equipped with an initial version of the Block 2A configuration,…

  • Eglin AFB Marines Fly First F-35B Eight-Ship

    Eglin AFB Marines Fly First F-35B Eight-Ship

    The DEW Line // April 26, 2013

    The US Marine Corps' VMFAT-501 training squadron, which is assigned to the US Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, launched its first F-35B eight-ship earlier today. The unit flew one mission and then conducted a hot pit refueling before going back up again.

    See the post on The DEW Line blog from…

  • First International Student Pilot Flies F-35

    First International Student Pilot Flies F-35

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 21, 2013
    The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing, training to be an F-35B instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter on March 19.
  • Nellis Pilots take first step toward F-35 Operational Testing

    Nellis Pilots take first step toward F-35 Operational Testing

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // March 07, 2013
    Two officers from the operational test community are among the six pilots in the first F-35 Lightning II pilot training course after an Air Education and Training Command decision to start training here in January.

    Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron director of operations, is one of the…

  • First F-35A Four-Ship Flies Over Eglin

    First F-35A Four-Ship Flies Over Eglin

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // February 05, 2013
    Increasing capability is becoming routine for the F-35 Lightning II team.

    The 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit produced a four-turn-four for the 58th Fighter Squadron flying Jan 31.

    "The pilots flew four F-35As in the morning and the maintainers performed routine maintenance for airworthiness after landing. Then the crew…