News: Eglin AFB

  • 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.
  • Photos: Lightning returns

    Photos: Lightning returns

    Eglin Air Force Base // August 04, 2014
    Staff Sgt. Mark Freeman, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, performs a post-flight check on the tire of an F-35A Lightning II before refueling it at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
  • An International Training System

    An International Training System

    Military Simulation & Training Magazine // August 01, 2014
    As the US military customer and the industry team accelerate their completion of F-35 acquisition milestones, the pace of international activity also continues to quicken.
  • F-35s Return to Limited Flight Operations

    F-35s Return to Limited Flight Operations

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // July 17, 2014
    The 26 Air Force F-35s Lightning II joint strike fighters assigned here returned to limited flight operations July 17 with the approval of commanders and Air Force airworthiness authorities.
  • Hagel Talks with F-35 Pilots, Maintainers at Eglin AFB

    Hagel Talks with F-35 Pilots, Maintainers at Eglin AFB

    American Forces Press Service // July 11, 2014
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, meeting with and thanking service members and briefing local and national reporters.
  • Hagel at Eglin: F-35 is the future

    Hagel at Eglin: F-35 is the future

    Northwest Florida Daily News // July 10, 2014
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the F-35 training wing at Eglin AFB to reinforce the Pentagon’s commitment to developing the military’s newest fighter jet.
  • Final F-35A delivered to Eglin

    Final F-35A delivered to Eglin

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // June 02, 2014
    The 58th Fighter Squadron became the Air Force's first complete F-35A Lightning II squadron after they welcomed their 26th and final F-35A May 28 at the 33rd Fighter Wing.
  • April Marks New F-35 Flying Records

    April Marks New F-35 Flying Records

    FORT WORTH, Texas // May 08, 2014
    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft fleet, which surpassed 16,000 program cumulative flight hours to date in April, flew a monthly record high for System Development and Demonstration (SDD) in April.
  • 419th reservists train to fuel F-35 fighter jets

    419th reservists train to fuel F-35 fighter jets

    419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // May 05, 2014
    During their two-week annual training at Eglin AFB, reservists from the 419th Logistics Readiness Squadron were certified to refuel the F-35A Lightning II in preparation for the jet’s arrival to Hill AFB in fall 2015.
  • UK expertise leads the way in defence programme

    UK expertise leads the way in defence programme

    Daily Mail // March 24, 2014
    The cream of Britain’s military flyers and maintainers, hand-picked as the pioneers of The UK’s F-35 training programme, are working hand-in-hand with their US allies.
  • F-35 program maturing at Eglin

    F-35 program maturing at Eglin

    Northwest Florida Daily News // March 23, 2014
    Starting next month, the first class of Air Force cadets straight out of basic training should start coming through the maintenance school at Eglin.