Hill’s F-35As arrive for Red Flag 17-1

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum
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A crew chief, assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, marshals an F-35A Lightning II after landing on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 21. The F-35A is participating in Red Flag 17-1, making it the first iteration to incorporate the Air Force’s newest fifth generation fighter.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operation on the 15,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range. This will be the first time the F-35A participates in a Red Flag exercise.
The F-35A will be participating in Red Flag 17-1, making it the first iteration to incorporate the fifth generation fighter.
Red Flag provides the 34th FS the opportunity to enhance their tactical operational skills alongside military aircraft from coalition forces.
 

A crew chief marshals an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, before take-off during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 24. The F-35A is a fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter designed to gather, fuse, and distribute more information than any other fighter.

 

An F-35A Lightning II intake cover rests on the flightline before the fighters land for Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 21. This is the first time the F-35A has participated in a Red Flag exercise.

 

Two F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxi after landing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to participate in Red Flag 17-1, Jan. 21. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operation on the 15,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range.

 

Airmen assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, watch as a KC-135 Stratotanker takes off during Red Flag 17-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 24. Red Flag 17-1 incorporated the F-35A Lighting II for the first time, allowing fourth and fifth generation aircraft to test their capabilities in a multitude of platforms of air, space and cyberspace.

 

An F-35A assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis down the flightline for Red Flag 17-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 21. The conventional takeoff and landing F-35A gives the U.S. Air Force and allies the power to dominate the skies — anytime, anywhere.

 

A maintainer assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing conducts preflight checks on an F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 24. The F-35A is one of two U.S. Air Force fifth generation multi-role fighter aircraft participating in 17-1.

 

Capt. Derek Kirkwood, 34th Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares for take-off during Red Flag 17-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 24. The F-35A is a fifth generation strike fighter. Its design is optimized to leverage specific capabilities and effectively accomplish a wide variety of mission sets.

 

Maintainers from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings conduct conducts preflight checks on an F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 24. Airmen from the active duty 388th FW and Air Force Reserve 419th FW fly and maintain the Lightning II in a total force partnership, capitalizing on the strength of both components.

 

Four F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, rest on the flightline after landing to participate in Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 21. Red Flag provides the 34th FS the opportunity to enhance their tactical operational skills alongside military aircraft from coalition forces.

 

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis after landing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to participate in Red Flag 17-1, Jan. 21. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, air lift support, and search and rescue aircraft.

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