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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares to be refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, April 28, 2017. Eight F-35s deployed to RAF Lakenheath, England on April 15 and two forward deployed to Bulgaria for a brief time which allowed the F-35s to engage in familiarization training within the European theater while reassuring allies and partners of U.S. dedication to the enduring peace and stability of the region. The F-35s are assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron and are supported by total force Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Reserve’s 466th Fighter Squadron, 419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton) Hill F-35s forward deploy to Bulgaria
Two F-35A Lightning IIs and about 20 supporting Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, arrived at Graf Ignatievo Air Base April 28 from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.
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2017
Airman 1st Class Nathan Kosters, 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. 7, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) Youngest maintainer at Red Flag launches America’s youngest jet
The future belongs to the young. Nathan Kosters, the youngest F-35 crew chief in the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, was born in 1996. “The Macerana” was No. 1 on the charts (somehow), “Independence Day” topped the box office and the F-16 Fighting Falcon had already been flying for 22 years.
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2017
An F-35A pilot and crew chief from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepare for a sortie Feb. 7 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Red Flag 17-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw) Interoperability is key to F-35A combat success
The F-35A Lightning II can carry thousands of pounds of bombs, but its ability to gather and share information is just as deadly.
0 2/08
2017
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
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.
0 8/30
2016
Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Bliss, Texas, look on as an F-16 Fighting Falcon executes a “show of force” in the skies over the National Training Center Range, Fort Irwin, Calif., during a Green Flag 15-08 training scenario June 12, 2015. In many situations, an aircraft executing a low pass over a conflict zone can act as a deterrent to potential enemy combatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz)
AF to grow, enhance Nellis group with close air support focus
Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base plans to restructure the 57th Operations Group to enhance its focus on close air support integration, Air Force officials announced Aug. 16.
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