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.
  • 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.
  • 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,…

  • 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…