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33rd Fighter Wing F-35As taxi down the flightline at Volk Field, Wis. during Northern Lightning Aug. 22, 2016. Northern Lightning is a tactical-level, joint training exercise that emphasizes fifth and fourth generation assets engaged in a contested, degraded environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stormy Archer) Vicious cycle: F-35A continues 5th-gen tradition of bullying legacy aircraft
Imagine yourself in the seat of a fighter jet, tearing through the air at the speed of sound, your own weight pressing against your chest as you fight to breathe against the increased force of gravity.Sweat beads down your forehead as you scan you sensors and outside your canopy for any threats in the area. Next thing you know, you are tagged out
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F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 13, 2015, during a flight from England to the U.S. The fighters were returning to Luke AFB, Ariz., after participating in the world's largest air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown) Breaking News: Air Force declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’
The F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ today by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command.Carlisle lauded the aircraft’s performance, noting that the aircraft had met all key criteria for reaching initial operational capability.Airmen trained, manned and equipped to conduct basic close air
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2016
Staff Sgt. Webb Travis, 33rd Maintenance Squadron metals technician craftsman, shows Col. Robert Kiebler, 49th Wing commander, examples of innovative tools created by metals technicians at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Fla., Jan. 15, 2016. Innovations such as these locally crafted throttle covers and stiffener brackets have saved the Air Force close to $84,000. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Andrea Posey) 33rd FW units save big with F-35 innovations
Airmen at the 33rd Fighter Wing save the Air Force close to $84,000 and more than 720 hours of shipping delays by locally manufacturing parts and tools.
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2016
Pilot for a Day, Christian “the Natural” Loafman (center), stands in front on an F-35A Lightning II with his mother, Kerri Loafman, Lt. Col. Bradley Turner, 33rd Operations Support Squadron commander (left), and Lt. Col. Brad Bashore, 58th Fighter Squadron commander (right), at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 18, 2016. After spending a day in the life of an F-35A pilot, Christian earned his call sign “the Natural” from his pilot comrades, referencing his natural ability to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lena Lopez) Pilot for a Day roams with the Nomads
Pilot for a Day Christian Loafman experiences what it is like to be an F-35A Lightning II pilot and tours the 33rd Fighter Wing.
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