News: Eglin AFB

  • Airmen, Sailors Prepare to Support F-35 at Sea

    Airmen, Sailors Prepare to Support F-35 at Sea

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // August 22, 2017
    Two Petty Officers 1st Class from the USS Abraham Lincoln received initial training from the U.S. Air Force’s 33rd Maintenance Squadron’s Aerospace Ground Equipment flight here, Aug. 7-11, 2017
  • F-35A, F-35B Integrate at Red Flag

    F-35A, F-35B Integrate at Red Flag

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada / 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // July 21, 2017
    The 33rd Fighter Wing and Marine Attack Squadron 221 are participating in the first combat exercise with Air Force F-35As and Marine Corps F-35Bs operating simultaneously during Red Flag 17-3, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
  • Ogden ALC Completes F-35 Milestone

    Ogden ALC Completes F-35 Milestone

    Ogden Air Logistics Complex // March 15, 2017
    The Ogden Air Logistics Complex accomplished another "first" in support of the F-35 Lightning II program.
  • Red Flag May Affect Whether F-35s Deploy Overseas This Year

    Red Flag May Affect Whether F-35s Deploy Overseas This Year

    Defense News // February 14, 2017
    As Air Force leaders ponder whether to send F-35As overseas this year in what would be the jet’s first-ever operational deployment, officials could point to this year’s Red Flag exercise as a case study of how it can enhance both training and combat.
  • Grim Reaper Finds His Rage

    Grim Reaper Finds His Rage

    Eglin AFB // February 13, 2017
    As he stands at the step desk, you wouldn’t miss the subtle differences in his uniform. His brown leather boots seem foreign next to the sage green ones accompanying him.
  • Nomads Fire First Missiles

    Nomads Fire First Missiles

    33rd Fighter Wing // February 02, 2017
    The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and shot the first air-to-air missiles from an operational F-35A during a weapons system evaluation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Jan. 31, 2017,
  • Marine F-35 Operational Tests Increases Combat Capability

    Marine F-35 Operational Tests Increases Combat Capability

    DVIDS // September 01, 2016
    Three F-35B aircraft and 75 U.S. Marines from Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) F-35B Detachment at Edwards Air Force Base , CA, along with 21 test personnel from the JSF Operational Test Team at Edwards deployed to Eglin AFB, FL., from August 9 to September 1, 2016 to complete Operational Test missile
  • Eglin Units Save Thousands With F-35 Innovations

    Eglin Units Save Thousands With F-35 Innovations

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // June 06, 2016
    Since the introduction of the F-35A Lightning II, Airmen at the 33rd Fighter Wing have saved the Air Force close to $84,000 and more than 720 hours of shipping delays by locally manufacturing parts and tools.
  • Pilot for a Day Roams with the Nomads

    Pilot for a Day Roams with the Nomads

    33rd Fighter Wing/Public Affairs // May 26, 2016
    After spending the past few weeks watching "Top Gun" and videos of the F-35 Lightning II, Christian Loafman was ready for his May 18 visit here as its first F-35A Pilot for a Day.
  • F-35A Training Syllabus Advances Ahead of IOC

    F-35A Training Syllabus Advances Ahead of IOC

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 15, 2016
    Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing here successfully employed two laser-guided bombs March 3 at a nearby range, advancing the Air Force's F-35A training syllabus ahead of its initial operational capability.
  • First F-35A GBU-12 Load, 33rd FW

    First F-35A GBU-12 Load, 33rd FW

    Eglin AFB, 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 04, 2016
    The weapons drop was originally scheduled for late spring of this year, but innovation and persistence from 33rd FW pilots and maintainers allowed for an earlier launch of the munition
  • Rangers Exercise CAS with F-35A

    Rangers Exercise CAS with F-35A

    Eglin AFB, Florida // March 01, 2016
    Two F-35A’s teamed up with the 3rd Battalion to provide air support against simulated hostile targets in close proximity to the Rangers.
  • First Air National Guard Airman Graduates F-35 Intel School

    First Air National Guard Airman Graduates F-35 Intel School

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // February 23, 2016
    Capt. Christopher Clements, 158th Operations Support Squadron intelligence officer, graduated Feb. 11, 2016, with seven other Airmen and U.S. Marines qualified in F-35-specific intelligence.
  • Nomads Lock and Load in First F-35A Weapons Load Competition

    Nomads Lock and Load in First F-35A Weapons Load Competition

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida // February 10, 2016
    The 33rd Fighter Wing held its first weapons load competition here, April 3, since the 2009 draw down of the F-15C Eagle mission, to determine the best F-35A Lightning II weapons load crew.
  • 33rd FW Crew Chiefs Advance with F-35

    33rd FW Crew Chiefs Advance with F-35

    Eglin AFB, 33rd FW Public Affairs // November 17, 2015
    Crew chiefs, who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of maintainer capable of navigating the upgrades a 5th generation fighter jet will go through.
  • F-35 Program Ramps Up Training for Pilots, Technicians

    F-35 Program Ramps Up Training for Pilots, Technicians

    National Defense Magazine // November 13, 2015
    The F-35 joint strike fighter program is transitioning to a day when its pilots will come fresh out of flight school and the new jet fighter will be their first assignment.
  • 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.