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Hill’s F-16s take first flights alongside F-35s

419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // April 24, 2014

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- F-16 pilots from Hill's 419th and 388th Fighter Wings took to the skies here this morning for their first training missions alongside the F-35A Lightning II, the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. 

Hill's F-16s flew air-to-air combat training missions with F-35As assigned to Eglin's 33rd Fighter Wing. 

"This was a great opportunity for our F-16s to operate with the F-35. This mission allowed us to train for seamless integration of the Air Force's fourth and fifth generation fighters and provided invaluable insight into the future of fighter operations at Hill AFB," said Lt. Col. David Castaneda, the 419 FW's 466th Fighter Squadron commander. 

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Judd.