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…

  • 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…

  • F-35 Lightning II aircraft arrive at Nellis

    F-35 Lightning II aircraft arrive at Nellis

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. // March 06, 2013

    A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II lands at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 6, 2013. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and the aircraft will be used for development test support, force development evaluation, and supporting operational test aircraft at Edwards AFB, Calif. The…