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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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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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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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PEOPLE FIRST

Posted August 4, 2016 by

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Dietary supplements…

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Norway hits 100-sortie mark

Posted March 3, 2016 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Senior Airman Devante Williams Lt. Col. Martin Tesli, 62nd Fighter Squadron Norwegian instructor pilot, passes his gear to Ello Puga-Orozco, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, after completing the 100th flying hour milestone at Luke Air Force Base Feb. 26. By 2024, Luke is scheduled to have six fighter squadrons and 144 F-35s. Norway will…

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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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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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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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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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