News: Eglin AFB

  • Luke Pilot Selected to Fly F-35

    Luke Pilot Selected to Fly F-35

    Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. // January 17, 2014
    Meet the F-16 pilot from Luke Air Force Base selected to be the first F-35 pilot at the base.
  • New Sortie Record for Eglin F-35s

    New Sortie Record for Eglin F-35s

    Eglin AFB // December 05, 2013
    A United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight with other F-35 aircraft over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 4.
  • Marines Fly First F-35 STOVL Mission at Eglin

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // October 28, 2013
    The 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II program reached a new milestone when Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 completed its first short take-off and vertical landing mission on Oct. 24.
  • Navy Stands Up F-35C Squadron at Eglin

    Navy Stands Up F-35C Squadron at Eglin

    Fort Worth, Texas // October 02, 2013
    VFA-101 will fly the Navy’s newest aircraft, the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, to perform the mission of training pilots and sailors to fly and service the aircraft fleet.
  • F-35: New Fighter Creates New Culture for 21st Century and Beyond

    Air Force News Service // September 24, 2013
    "I’ve never seen a pilot come back from his first sortie without a huge smile on his face. It’s something new, and programs like this only come around every 30 years or so, and to be on the ground floor – it’s the perfect time."
  • The Making of a Joint Strike Fighter Pilot

    Air & Space Magazine // September 18, 2013
    "No promises were made about flying—at that time the airplane was just drawings—but with a few months to go until graduation the opportunity to work on a prototype aircraft was too good to pass up."
  • AF Expects F-35 upgrade, 2nd Training Squadron in the Fall

    Air Force Times // September 13, 2013
    The Air Force’s F-35 program is expected to reach two major milestones this fall: the adoption of an advanced software and weapons system on the single-engine jet, and the beginning of major pilot training at the service’s second base for the fighter.
  • Airmen Perform First Weapons Load Verification on F-35A

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // August 29, 2013
    After months of preparation the weapons troop Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load verification on the F-35A Lightning II here Aug. 27.
  • Eglin F-35 Fleet Exceeds 2K Sorties, Training Presses on

    Eglin F-35 Fleet Exceeds 2K Sorties, Training Presses on

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // August 15, 2013
    Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing here have consistently flown successful training sorties and generated their 2,000th sortie Aug. 13 with an instructor pilot of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 (VMFAT-501), at the controls.
  • 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,…