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Lockheed Martin and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force personnel work together to taxi in the arrival of the first Foreign Military Sales F-35A onto the 944th Fighter Wing ramp Nov. 28 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The arrival marked the next step for the international F-35 training program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.) First Japanese F-35A arrives at Luke
The F-35 program hit another milestone Nov. 28 with the arrival of the first foreign military sales F-35 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The arrival marked the next step for the international F-35 training program as Japan took ownership of the first FMS aircraft to arrive at Luke AFB.
0 12/02
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Dec. 2
On this look around the Air Force the first Japanese F-35 arrives at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Edwards AFB in California is testing ways to save fueling cost for the C-17 Globemaster III; and the Air Force band performs at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
0 12/02
2016
An F-35 Lightning II flies alongside an F-16 Fighting Falcon June 25, 2015, at Luke Air Force Base. In October, F-35 and F-16 pilots began integrated training designed to improve mission cooperation and flight skills in both airframes. (Courtesy Photo) F-35 begins integrated training with F-16 at Luke
In October, pilots of the 56th Fighter Wing began flying integrated direct support practice sorties in the F-35A Lightning II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the first time as a regular component of the training curriculum at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
0 11/29
2016
After the discovery of faulty insulation on coolant lines caused a temporary flight restriction for 10 of Hill’s 15 F-35As, repaired jets are beginning to fly again. Two aircraft returned to flight Oct. 24. All the affected jets at Hill are scheduled to return to service before the end of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo) Airmen keep F-35s flying
After a discovery of faulty insulation on coolant lines caused a temporary flight restriction for 10 F-35A Lightning IIs at Hill Air Force Base, the repaired jets are beginning to fly again.
0 11/01
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Oct. 21
On this look around the Air Force the first Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35 rolls out in Fort Worth, Texas, the Quest For Zero initiative aims to prevent death and injuries in the work place, and Airmen from New York set out for Operation Deep Freeze.
0 10/21
2016
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.
0 9/21
2016
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James gives her "State of the Force" address during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016. A highlight of James’ presentation was announcing the official name of the Air Force's newest bomber, the B-21 Raider. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)
State of the AF: Active-duty force on the rise, space will be more prominent
Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor, Maryland.
0 9/19
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
Maj. Douglas Rosenstock fires an AIM-120 missile from an F-35 during a recent weapons test surge here. By the end of the surge the F-35 Integrated Test Team released 30 weapons in 31 days, a first in flight test. (Photo by Darrin Russel/Lockheed Martin) F-35 surges forward with record-breaking weapons tests
The F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, California, recently completed 25 missions comprised of 12 weapons delivery accuracy and 13 weapon separation tests as part of a monthlong weapons firing test surge.
0 8/29
2016
The Air Force’s 100th F-35 Lightning II lands atr Luke Air Force Base, Ariz, on Aug. 26, 2016. The aircraft, designated AF-100, marks a milestone for the F-35 program as it continues to grow, progress and support initial operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)
Luke receives Air Force’s 100th F-35 on heels of IOC announcement, unit activation
The F-35 Lightning II program took another huge step forward Aug. 26 when the Air Force’s 100th F-35, designated AF-100, arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, following the recent announcement of the fifth-generation jet fighter’s initial operational capability.
0 8/27
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Aug. 26
In this look around the Air Force, F-35 Lightning IIs face decontamination testing and the investigation of an F-16 Fighting Falcon crash in Germany concludes.
0 8/26
2016
Members of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force have built a decontamination shelter on the flightline to conduct chemical and biological decontamination tests on the F-35 Lightning II. Tests will be toward the end of August. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad White) F-35 prepared to undergo chemical, biological decontamination testing
After years of preparation, the 461st Flight Test Squadron and Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force are ready to test the F-35 Lightning II’s ability to be decontaminated from chemical and biological weapons exposure.
0 8/22
2016
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks during the F-35A Lightning II aircraft initial operational capability ceremony Aug. 5 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee) F-35A combat readiness celebrated at Hill
Hill Air Force Base, Utah, hosted a ceremony Aug. 5 in celebration of the recent announcement that the F-35A Lightning II is ready for combat.
0 8/08
2016
F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 13, 2015, during a flight from England to the U.S. The fighters were returning to Luke AFB, Ariz., after participating in the world's largest air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown) AF declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’
The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, Aug 2.
0 8/02
2016
Four F-35 Lightning II aircraft prepare for takeoff at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 4. Hill's active duty and Reserve F-35 pilots recently began flying routine four-ship configurations, just as they would in combat. This marks a key milestone in getting the Air Force's newest fighter jet to reach Initial Operational Capability later this year, at which time it will be combat-ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb) F-35A program continues to make improvements
Airmen of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, have been preparing the F-35A Lightning II for combat readiness since the first operational aircraft was received in September 2015.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 26
On this look around the Air Force the chief of staff of the Air Force and chief master sergeant of the Air Force address basic allowance for housing concerns, Airmen partner with Kenyans to provide aid, and weapons loaders load missiles internally and externally on an F-35A Lightning II.
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2016
An F-35B Lightning II and a C-130J Super Hercules participate in an aerial demonstration at the Farnborough International Air Show, July 12, 2016. Held every two years, the air show represents a unique opportunity for the U.S., along with other military allies, to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies while supporting various armament procurement competitions taking place throughout Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks/Released) US forces display technology, military might at Farnborough
U.S. service members engaged with the international aviation technology community July 11 at the Farnborough International Airshow in England.
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2016
U.S Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, engages with the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., July 13, 2016. During the hearing, he discussed the importance of air superiority and the need to assure it by modernizing the Combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hailey Haux) Air dominance and the critical role of fifth-generation fighters
Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Air Combat Command commander, discussed the importance of air superiority and the need to assure it by modernizing the combat air force during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee in Washington, D.C., July 13.
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Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 6
In this look around the Air Force, an F-35A Lightning II makes a trans-Atlantic flight, an Airman runs 694 miles for post-traumatic stress disorder awareness, and the Minnesota Air National Guard deploys to South Korea.
0 7/06
2016
Default Air Force Logo First USAF F-35A takes overseas flight to England
The Air Combat Command F-35A Heritage Flight team accomplished America’s first transatlantic flight in an F-35A Lightning II, with refueling support from a KC-10 Extender, when it touched down June 30 at Royal Air Force Fairford, England.
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2016
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