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  • First Female F-35B Pilot

    First Female F-35B Pilot

    August 12, 2019

    Story via U.S. Marine Corps

    U.S. Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz left her legacy on the Marine Corps’ F-35B Program when she became the first female Marine to complete the F-35B Basic Course, June 27.

    Flying is nothing new to Satz—prior to joining the Marine Corps she earned her commercial pilots license flying a Robinson…

  • Record-setting First Sortie for Wing’s Newest F-35A

    Record-setting First Sortie for Wing’s Newest F-35A

    August 06, 2019

    Story via U.S. Air Force 388th Fighter Wing

    The 388th Fighter Wing set a speed record for bringing online a newly-delivered aircraft last week, flying a local sortie less than five hours after accepting delivery of its 68th F-35A Lightning II.

    Aircraft 5261 left Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, production facility a…

  • Hill Airmen Expand F-35A Combat Capability in Rapid Forge

    Hill Airmen Expand F-35A Combat Capability in Rapid Forge

    July 19, 2019

    This week, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s fighter wings forward deployed the F-35A Lightning II to several locations in Europe as part of a joint readiness exercise.

    So far, Operation Rapid Forge has seen F-35As, F-15E Strike Eagles, and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft work together to land, refuel and re-arm with…

  • F-35A to Participate in ‘Gunfighter Flag’ Exercise

    F-35A to Participate in ‘Gunfighter Flag’ Exercise

    July 12, 2019

    The 34th Fighter Squadron, from Hill Air Force Base’s 388th Fighter Wing, will fly the F-35A Lightning II alongside other Air Force units in Gunfighter Flag here next week.

    The exercise, similar to larger combat exercises like Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nevada, will bring together various Air Force aircraft into a joint…

  • Largest Off-station F-35A Operation to Date

    Largest Off-station F-35A Operation to Date

    July 11, 2019

    Since May 30, the 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron has been flying out of Mountain Home in what has been the largest off-station F-35A Lightning II operation to date.

    The squadron, normally stationed at Hill AFB, Utah, is functioning as a detachment with about 300 Airmen in operations, support and…

  • US, Italian F-35 Aircraft Train Together in Italy

    US, Italian F-35 Aircraft Train Together in Italy

    July 03, 2019

    U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft conduct bilateral training with Italian air force F-35s over Italy, July 2, 2019. The U.S. F-35s are deployed to Europe from the 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to conduct training with NATO allies and partners allowing U.S. forces to…

  • Exercise Point Blank Fires on All Cylinders

    Exercise Point Blank Fires on All Cylinders

    July 02, 2019

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, descends below a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England, during Exercise Point Blank over the North Sea, June 27, 2019. Training with joint partners, allied nations, and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our…

  • Three-nation F-35 Exercise Demonstrates Air Power Interoperability

    Three-nation F-35 Exercise Demonstrates Air Power Interoperability

    June 30, 2019

    F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft from the U.S, United Kingdom and Israel participated in Exercise Tri-Lightning over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, June 25.

    Exercise Tri-Lightning was a one-day defensive counter air exercise involving friendly and adversary aircraft from the three participating countries and consisted…