LIGHTNING STRIKE: Air Forces welcomes new multi-role fighter

Airman // February 26, 2014

The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is responsible for training pilots, maintainers and support service members from the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy on three versions of the new fighter jet, as well as maintaining the aircraft between training sorties. Airmen on the flightline at this Florida panhandle base call the F-35 the “Swiss Army Knife” of fighter jets because of its ability to perform multiple missions that currently require three separate aircraft to accomplish.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III.