News: Nellis AFB News

  • 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.
  • Face of Defense: Youngest Maintainer Launches Youngest Jet at Red Flag

    Face of Defense: Youngest Maintainer Launches Youngest Jet at Red Flag

    U.S. Department of Defense // February 22, 2017
    Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Kosters, the youngest F-35 crew chief in the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, was born in 1996. “The Macarena” somehow was No. 1 on the charts, “Independence Day” topped the box office, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon had already been flying for 22 years.
  • F-35A Stealth Brings Flexibility to Battlespace

    F-35A Stealth Brings Flexibility to Battlespace

    75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs // February 14, 2017
    Red Flag planners are tasking the F-35A with taking out advanced threats and the aircraft’s stealth capability is proving pilots can survive and operate effectively where others cannot
  • Red Flag Firsts

    Red Flag Firsts

    Air Force Magazine // July 19, 2016
    ​The US-only iteration of the 2016 Red Flag exercises is underway, with two unique features.
  • Marines ‘Confident’ F-35 Logistics System Is Deployable Despite GAO Report

    Marines ‘Confident’ F-35 Logistics System Is Deployable Despite GAO Report

    Inside Defense // May 09, 2016
    The Marine Corps remains "confident" in the Joint Strike Fighter's logistics system's ability to deploy and support a full range of military operations although the Government Accountability Office in a recent report discovered that pilots, maintainers and administrators are concerned the system may not be deployable.
  • Nellis-based F-35 Fighters Debut in Simulated Combat

    Nellis-based F-35 Fighters Debut in Simulated Combat

    Las Vegas Review-Journal // June 03, 2015

    The Air Force’s newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, is taking a star turn in an ongoing air combat training exercise over the Army Combat Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

  • Luke Conducts First F-35 Training Deployment

    Luke Conducts First F-35 Training Deployment

    Luke AFB, Arizona // April 17, 2015
    The 56th Fighter Wing performed the first F-35 training deployment from Luke Air Force Base, sending 10 aircraft to Nellis AFB, Nevada, for two weeks to see how well the team could conduct operations elsewhere.
  • F-35 Arrival Begins New Era at USAFWS

    F-35 Arrival Begins New Era at USAFWS

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada // January 15, 2015
    A new era began at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School when its first F-35A Lightning II touched-down on the flightline here Jan. 15, flown straight from the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • A look at F-35 close air support tactics development

    A look at F-35 close air support tactics development

    Defense News // December 08, 2014
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a stealthy, high-tech, fifth-generation strike fighter — may also become a major player in close-air support (CAS) missions. Helping to drive that work is Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, who commands the USAF Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
  • F-35 takes center stage at Nellis Open House

    F-35 takes center stage at Nellis Open House

    Nellis AFB // November 12, 2014
    While visitors at the Nellis Open House were able to get an up-close look at various aircraft that make up the last 70 years of aviation history, the U.S. Air Force's newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft may have produced the most 'oohs and awes' throughout the event Nov. 7, 8 and 9.
  • 53rd squadron flies first F-35 sortie at Nellis AFB

    53rd squadron flies first F-35 sortie at Nellis AFB

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. // April 09, 2013

    U.S. Air Force Capt. Brad Matherne, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron pilot, conducts pre-flight checks inside an F-35A Lightning II before a training mission April 4, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35A will be integrated into advanced training programs such as the USAF Weapons School, Red Flag and…