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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 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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PEOPLE FIRST April 15, 2016

Posted April 14, 2016 by

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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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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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‘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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PEOPLE FIRST

Posted August 4, 2016 by

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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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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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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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