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‘Black Widows’ arrive at Bagram for final F-16 deployment

Posted November 6, 2015 by

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Airmen assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron arrived Oct. 28 for its last F-16 Fighting Falcon deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support mission as the unit begins to shift to a newer aircraft. During their six-month tenure at Bagram Airfield, the squadron from Hill Air Force…

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F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Posted November 12, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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National & World Briefs

Posted November 25, 2015 by

Two dead in U.S. military helicopter crash in South A U.S. military helicopter crashed in South Korea during a routine training mission Nov 23, killing both pilots on board, the U.S. Army and South Korean police said. The AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed on a road in Wonju, about 80 miles east of Seoul, a Wonju…

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Arizona tankers, NATO E-3s connect over Germany

Posted November 25, 2015 by

Air National Guard photograph by Lt. Col. Gabe Johnson Mission accomplished. An Arizona Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker finishes refueling a NATO E-3A Sentry over northern Germany during a training mission Nov. 16. Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing based in Phoenix are supporting aircrew training operations Nov. 9-20 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen,…

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Italy takes delivery of first Lightning II

Posted December 10, 2015 by Courtesy of defensenews.com

ROME — Italy took formal delivery Dec. 3 of its first joint strike fighter — the first F-35 Lightning II to be built outside the US. The handover took place at Italy’s Cameri Air Base, where Italy’s joint strike fighters are being assembled, after the aircraft made its first flight at Cameri in September. The…

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RAAF get new uniforms, jets

Posted September 11, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer Flight Lt. Ben Mason and Sgt. Justin Kelly, Royal Australian Air Force members from the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team at Edwards Air Force Base, California, pose in front of Australia’s first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter at Luke AFB. They were at Luke to be a part of…

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Norwegian F-35 flies for first time under Norwegian command

Posted December 17, 2015 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Hanche suits up for the flight of one of two Norwegian F-35 Lightning IIs. Maj. Gen. Per-Egil Rygg, Royal Norwegian air force chief of staff, conducts an interview for members of the press. Rygg discussed the significance of the first flight of a Norwegian F-35 by a Norwegian pilot. The F-35 Lightning II is the…

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T-bolt keeps AEW MDG mission up, running

Posted October 9, 2015 by adriennek

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN — A key part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission is providing extraordinary Role 3 medical care on the combat frontier. But before a medical technician can take a patient’s vital signs or a surgeon can operate, they must first have a facility and medical equipment ready to go. That responsibility…

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Norwegian F-35 flies for first time under Norwegian command

Posted December 17, 2015 by Story and photos by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Maj. Morten Hanche, a Norwegian F-35 Lightning II student pilot training under the 62nd Fighter Squadron, flew the first sortie of a Norwegian F-35 Monday at Luke Air Base. Hanche has been training at Luke under the instruction of American instructor pilots for the past several months in order to be among Norway’s first F-35…

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First class of Norwegian, Italian F-35 pilots begins

Posted October 9, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

The first class of future F-35 Lightning II instructor pilots from Norway and Italy began their training Sept. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The pilots, from countries partnered with the United States in the procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will learn how to operate the advanced aircraft under the instruction of pilots…

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