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  • Hill Airmen return from first F-35A combat deployment

    Last week, Airmen from the active-duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings returned home following a six-month deployment to Al-Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
  • Maintainers help the F-35A remain a ‘stealthy beast’

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- How do you make a 51-foot long, 35-foot wide fighter jet, with an engine that generates 43,000 pounds of thrust, vanish? You don’t. There’s no black magic that exists to make something that big disappear.The F-35A Lightning II isn’t invisible, but it does have a “cloak,” which makes it very difficult to detect, track,
  • Hill AFB fighter wings to increase flying for combat exercise

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Communities surrounding Hill Air Force Base will notice increased flying Sept. 9-12 as the base’s fighter wings conduct a large combat exercise.The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will fly roughly 80 sorties per day, 20 more than on a normal flying day.Maintainers will be tasked with
  • F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team moves to Hill AFB for 2020 airshow season

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The Air Force’s only F-35A Demonstration Team will be reassigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, beginning with the 2020 airshow season.The single-ship aerial demonstration team will display the capabilities of the F-35A at approximately 20 performances starting in March 2020 and running through
  • Operation Rapid Forge concludes

    Operation Rapid Forge concluded July 25, 2019 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.
  • Largest off-station F-35A operation to date

    MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- 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
  • Hill F-35As arrive at Spangdahlem

    The U.S. Air Force has deployed one squadron of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft, Airmen, and associated equipment to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, at Hill AFB, Utah, to participate in exercises and conduct training with other Europe-based aircraft as part of a Theater Security Package.
  • Agile BOLT maintenance team supports F-35A deployment

    AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy – Maintainers in an innovative 388th Maintenance Group program have taken two huge steps while developing a program that continues to push and streamline F-35A Lightning II sustainment.These “BOLT” maintainers are currently deployed alongside the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 421st Fighter Squadron during a Theater
  • US, UAE fly to build interoperability

    The U.S Air Force and the United Arab Emirates Air Force join together for a partnering flight in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility. This flight was conducted to build military-to-military relationships and interoperability with the UAE.
  • First F-35A sortie during Middle East deployment

    F-35A Lightning IIs from the active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing deployed to the middle east flew their first sortie April 26.
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