Col. Christopher Niemi, 33rd Operations Group commander and F-35A Lightning II instructor pilot, performs a touch-and-go before landing on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, April 23, 2015. Niemi served as an instructor pilot and wingman during Royal Australian Air Force Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson's final training flight. Jackson made history as the first Australian pilot to fly in the F-35A. The fifth-generation aircraft will meet Australia’s future air combat and strike needs, providing a networked force-multiplier effect in terms of situational awareness and combat effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson)
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