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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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PEOPLE FIRST March 18, 2016

Posted March 17, 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. AF official…

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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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Successful Aegis combat system test brings BMD to Japanese fleet

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Missile Defense Agency photograph JS Atago (DDG-177) successfully completed an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, bringing BMD capability to the Japanese fleet. Photo courtesy of the Missile Defense Agency. The JS Atago (DDG-177), supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, used an…

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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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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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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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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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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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PEOPLE FIRST

Posted October 22, 2015 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. AF sets…

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