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Nellis Pilots take first step toward F-35 Operational Testing

Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // March 07, 2013

Two officers from the operational test community are among the six pilots in the first F-35 Lightning II pilot training course after an Air Education and Training Command decision to start training here in January.

Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron director of operations, is one of the students who flew their first sortie in March. He will transition his F-15E Strike Eagle warfighting skills to the F-35 before he returns to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., next month. (U.S. Air Force photos by Samuel King Jr.)

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