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Airman 1st Class Raul Guzman, a crew chief with the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, prepares to launch an F-35A Lightning II aircraft during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 3. Maintainers and pilots from Hill Air Force Base's 388th and 419th Fighter Wings deployed the fifth-generation fighter to Nellis AFB Jan. 20. This is the first deployment of the F-35A to a Red Flag exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) F-35A, maintainers proving reliable at Red Flag
When it comes to the F-35A, much is made of the edge its fifth-generation technology gives pilots, but America’s newest fighter aircraft is also proving capable in the hands of maintainers.
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2017
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, undergoes preflight preparations to take-off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 24, 2017, during Red Flag 17-1. The F-35’s state-of-the-art sensor fusion, networked interoperability, and broad array of advanced air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions enables unmatched lethality for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes/Released) F-35A maintenance sparks Red Flag 17-1
The debut of the F-35A Lightning II at Red Flag has afforded the pilots and maintainers of the aircraft a chance to be a part of the Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise.
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2017
Airmen assigned to the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron perform hot refueling operations on an F-35 Lightning II fighter jet Nov. 8 at Hill Air Force Base. Hot pits operations allow for a faster refueling process since the pilot does not have to shut down the aircraft.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar) 34th AMU Airmen train on refueling procedures
Aircraft maintainers took part in proficiency training here Nov. 8 with their goal being improved mission effectiveness.
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2016
Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus and Col. David Lyons, speak during the F-35 Lightning II reaching initial operational capability panel discussion during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 20, 2016.  Carlisle is the Air Combat Command commander, Bogdan is the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office executive officer, Pleus is the F-35 Integration Office director, and Lyons is the 388th Fighter Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.) Carlisle: F-35A is fusion warfare key component
During a panel session at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 20, F-35A Lightning II senior leadership discussed the future of the multi-role aircraft.
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2016
33rd Fighter Wing F-35As taxi down the flightline at Volk Field, Wis. during Northern Lightning Aug. 22, 2016. Northern Lightning is a tactical-level, joint training exercise that emphasizes fifth and fourth generation assets engaged in a contested, degraded environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stormy Archer) F-35A continues fifth-generation tradition of air superiority against legacy aircraft
Years ago, Lt. Col. Brad Bashore flew against the F-22 Raptor as an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot. Now, as an F-35A Lightning II pilot at this year’s exercise Northern Lightning, it was his turn to deliver fire from the clouds.
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2016
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