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  • Hill F-35s complete intensive weapons evaluation

    The 388th and 419th Fighter Wings recently completed two exercises over three weeks here known as Combat Hammer and Combat Archer from Aug. 6-24 as part of the Air Force’s annual Weapons System Evaluation Program.
  • 388th FW dialing-in cannon loading, firing in training

    The 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 4th Fighter Squadron were the first operational units to load and fire the F-35A’s cannon during training Aug. 13, and what they learned will influence how they train and fight. Loading and firing the cannon was one of the few capabilities Airmen in the 388th and 419th FWs had yet to
  • 388th Fighter Wing standing up final F-35A aircraft maintenance unit

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah; -- Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing recently began standing up the last of its aircraft maintenance units, a big step toward receiving the full complement of F-35A Lightning IIs by the end of 2019. The first operational F-35s landed at Hill Air Force Base in October 2015. Since then the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 4th AMU
  • Hill AFB units increase flying for weapons evaluations

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Residents around Hill may notice an increase in aircraft arrivals and departures Aug. 6-24 as Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing, the Reserve 419th FW and 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron conduct the U.S. Air Force air-to-ground exercise known as Combat Hammer and air-to-air exercise known as Combat Archer.During this
  • 388th, 419th FWs proud of F-35A milestones

    Today marks two years since the Air Force declared Initial Operational Capability for the F-35A and the total force Airmen at Hill’s active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings have been hard at work developing and demonstrating combat capability.“We knew that when we achieved IOC two years ago, the hard work had just begun,” said Col.
  • Hill Airmen, aircraft progress together as F-35A program matures

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Two years after the Air Force declared IOC for the F-35A, pilots and maintainers at Hill’s active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings are steadily erasing the word “initial” from in front of “operational capability.” Since the IOC announcement on Aug. 2, 2016, Airmen and the jet have grown together during
  • 388th Maintenance Group eying future time, cost savings with 3-D printing

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Inside a simple-looking building just off of Hill’s flight line, Airmen are tinkering with advanced technology to bring the future of cost-effective maintenance to America’s most advanced fighter aircraft. The 388th Maintenance Group’s Air Force Repair and Enhancement Program shop recently acquired a 3-D printer with
  • The team behind the 'Wall of Fire'

    An eight-member team from Firewalkers International Pyro supported the 388th Fighter Wing’s F-35A Lightning II attack demonstrations and other performers with pyrotechnics during this year’s Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23-24 here.
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