First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // October 21, 2014

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Racing against the clock and with leadership's eyes watching, three Airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit loaded training munitions onto an F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load here, Oct. 10, officially becoming the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A.

Staff Sgt. Zachary Watts, 58th AMU crew one load crew chief, leveraged his 10 years of experience loading munitions on F-16 Fighting Falcons to lead his crew through the successful load. Airmen 1st Class Robert Hughes and Reece Zoller, 58th AMU crew one load crew members, joined Watts for the week-long load training after completing technical training at the Academic Training Center.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson.