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Our Second to Soar - 2nd RAAF Pilot Begins F-35 Training

RAAF Air Force News // August 03, 2015

The second RAAF student will soon start flying the new F-35A.

SQNLDR Andrew Jackson, Australia’s first F-35 qualified instructor pilot, during a training mission at Luke AFB.

SQNLDR David Bell has started at the F-35 International Pilot Training Centre, at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, where pilots from F-35 partner nations come to train and instruct on the F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

SQNLDR Bell said he was excited to start flying the new jet.

“I know that a lot of people, both here and back home in Australia, have worked very hard to get RAAF jets flying at Luke Air Force Base and to put in place arrangements for Australian aircrew to begin training here,” SQNLDR Bell said.

Over the next few years, RAAF members of various trades will spend time at Luke Air Force Base to learn about and directly participate in many aspects of the F-35A system.

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