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US, UK Leaders Mark F-35A Program Milestone

DVIDS // April 19, 2017

Senior leaders from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Air Force and the Royal air force gathered to highlight a significant F-35A Lightning II program milestone, April 19.

The representatives came together to provide a press briefing discussing the first ever, long-planned flying training deployment to an overseas location of the Air Force’s newest operational 5th-generation fighter.

As the first F-35A flying training deployment to an overseas location, the aircraft and total force Airmen, deployed from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, will spend several weeks in Europe deployed to multiple NATO bases in an effort to maximize training opportunities and visibly demonstrate U.S. support to NATO.

In his remarks at the event, General Tod Wolters, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander, discussed the importance of the training deployment.

“This flying training deployment provides the opportunity for combat-ready aircraft to train alongside Allies and other types of Air Force aircraft in a realistic training environment, enhancing integration between the U.S. and its Allies,” said Wolters.

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