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(U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw) F-35As fly in formation above UTTR
F-35A Lightning II aircraft from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation after refueling over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30.
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft returns to the fight after receiving fuel June 10 during a mission over Iraq. The F-16 is assigned to Balad Air Base, Iraq, and is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway) Hill’s F-16s: Celebrating 40 years of combat airpower, part 2
In honor of the F-16, whose operational service here is coming to a close this year, we continue our two-week tribute to the men and women of the 388th Fighter Wing and Team Hill who have supported Viper’s combat mission for the past 38 years.
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2017
One of the first F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft arrives at Hill Air Force Base. (Courtesy photo) Hill’s F-16s: Celebrating 40 years of combat airpower, part 1
Forty years ago, the United States Air Force announced that the 388th Fighter Wing would be the first unit to transition to the F-16 Fighting Falcon, now more commonly known as the Viper. Thirty-eight years ago, the first operational F-16A took to the skies here and the Viper has been slipping the surly bonds of earth over Utah ever since.
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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.
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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 aircraft from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off from Nellis AFB, Nevada, Feb. 2. Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill are participating in Red Flag 17-01. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise. This is the first F-35A deployment to Red Flag since the Air Force declared the jet combat ready in August 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) F-35A proving its worth at Red Flag combat exercise
After eight days “at war” the F-35A Lightning II is proving to be an invaluable asset during Red Flag 17-01, the Air Force’s premier air combat exercise held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
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