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  • F-35A standup complete at Hill’s 388th, 419th Fighter Wings

    A little more than four years after receiving their first combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft, Hill’s Fighter wings have achieved full warfighting capability. The term describes a set of focus areas within the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings: fully trained pilots and maintainers, a full complement of 78 aircraft and the mission and support equipment needed to fly.
  • Hill's fighter wings conduct F-35A combat power exercise

    The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW conducted a combat power exercise here Jan. 6, launching 52 F-35A Lightning IIs in rapid succession.
  • 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,
  • F-35 crew chief soars in pursuit of degree

    Senior Airman Colby Cook just wrapped up a deployment to Europe and has his sights set on completing another mission: college. The 25-year old Texas native currently serves with the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
  • 388th Fighter Wing focuses on F-35A operational capabilities, mission readiness

    Over the summer, all three squadrons — nearly 70 F-35A aircraft — were operating away from home station. They conducted operations in nine different countries on three separate continents, supporting multiple combatant commanders. One squadron supported a European Theater Support Package, another squadron conducted off-station operations at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, while Hill’s runway was under construction, and one squadron is currently conducting the first F-35A combat deployment.
  • 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
  • PHOTOS: Hill F-35A sunset launch

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings are conducting local night flying operations this week. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and
  • Record-setting first sortie for wing's newest F-35A

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 388th Fighter Wing set a speed record for bringing online a newly-delivered aircraft last week, flying a local sortie less than five hours after accepting delivery of its 68th F-35A Lightning II.Aircraft 5261 left Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, production facility a little after 8 a.m. Aug. 1, 2019, landed at
  • 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
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