F-35 joins loaders’ friendly rivalry

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Airman 1st Class Matthew Wolfel, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, prepares to load an F-35 Lightning ll during the 2015 fourth quarter weapon’s loading competition Dec. 18 at Luke Air Force Base.

Weapons load crew members from the 61st AMU load an F-35 Lightning ll during the competition.

FROM LEFT: Airman 1st Class Matthew Wolfe and Staff Sgt. Amy Zmak, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members, prepare to load an F-35 Lightning ll during the fourth-quarter weapon’s loading competition Dec. 18, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base. This quarter was the first time the F-35 was used in the competition against the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke. Three-man crews from the 61st, 309th, 310th and 425th aircraft maintenance units went head-to-head to earn this quarter’s win, which went to the 425th.

Staff Sgt. Cally Hatrick, 310st AMU weapons load crew member, prepares to load an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the competition.

309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members, prepare to load an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the competition.