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.

Thousands of spectators taking in the event's festivities clamored toward the runway to see the F-35A Lightning II, and many more eyes were fixed on the Southern Nevada skyline as the aircraft rocketed by with the F-22 Raptor to mark the official start of the open house's aerial performances.

The inclusion of the Joint Strike Fighter in the open house marked the first public display of the aircraft at Nellis AFB.

"What we're doing right here at Nellis with the F-35 really showcases what this base is designed to do; specifically talking to our ability to develop training syllabuses and more importantly tactics," said Maj. Brad Matherne, 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron F-35 test director. "So we're developing the 'playbook' that will tell F-35 pilots across the military the best way to fly and fight with this airplane."