First Australian Pilot Qualifies on F-35

Eglin Air Force Base, Florida // April 24, 2015

Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson has qualified to fly the F-35, and will soon start training other Australian pilots.

Royal Australian Air Force Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, F-35 Lightning II student pilot, puts on his helmet before his final training mission on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, April 23, 2015. Jackson made history as the first Australian pilot to fly in the F-35A. The fifth-generation aircraft will meet Australia’s future air combat and strike needs, providing a networked force-multiplier effect in terms of situational awareness and combat effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson)

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