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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 Norwegian F-35A takes flight

Posted October 16, 2015 by Courtesy of www.f35.com

Another milestone for the Norwegian F-35 Lightning II program was reached Oct. 6. At 5:05 p.m. Norwegian time, the first Norwegian F-35 took off from the factory in Fort Worth, Texas. This is the first of several test flights that will lead toward the formal delivery to Norway. Minister of Defense, Ine Eriksen Søreide is…

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F-35 crosses ocean

Posted February 11, 2016 by Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo An Italian air force F-35 Lightning II flew Feb. 5 from Cameri Air Base, Italy, to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, completing the program’s first transatlantic flight. The F-35, designated AL-1, was assisted by an Italian air force KC-767 aerial refueling tanker, which refueled the fighter jet seven times during the ocean…

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Every scarf tells a story

Posted February 4, 2016 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

Within a dusty room, a simple conversation took place among four officers stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, which would not only change their lives, but the lives of oppressed women struggling to survive in a Taliban-ravaged province. In 2011, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, deployed to Afghanistan as a…

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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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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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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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Partner support complex readies coalition countries

Posted June 2, 2016 by by 1st Lt. AMANDA FARR

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The 53rd Wing activated on May 11 the F-35 Partner Support Complex, a U.S.-owned facility here that handles F-35 Lightning II testing. Robert Kraus assumed the new position as the complex’s director, making it the first civilian-led unit in the wing. Kraus, a retired lieutenant colonel, served as the…

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Separated from family, students chalk up their emotions

Posted May 5, 2016 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class LANE PLUMMER

Azmeralda Poole pushes the chalk down on the ground and draws two dots inside a circle, cracking a grin as she sketches a smiling face. She points to her creation as she looks up at Nicole Flores, her Vogelweh Elementary School counselor. “This is me,” the student says. “I’m happy right now!” The young girl…

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Dudette passes 1,000 combat flight hours

Posted March 3, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

(Editor’s note: Last names were not included due to security and safety reasons.) SOUTHWEST ASIA — Maj. Jennifer received a hero’s welcome from members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing as she surpassed the 1,000 combat-hour milestone in the F-15E Strike Eagle Feb. 13 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Jennifer, a weapon systems…

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