Photo: An F-35A Lightning II from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lands at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 15, 2017. The aircraft arrival marks the first F-35A fighter training deployment to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility or any overseas location as a flying training deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)
The first operational deployment by USAF F-35A Lightning IIs is under way. Six F-35s from the 34th FS, 388th FW at Hill AFB, Utah, arrived at RAF Lakenheath, UK, today.
The aircraft are expected to stay for a few weeks and will conduct local European operations.
The aircraft deployed are serials: 13-5072, 14-5094, 14-5096, 14-5097, 14-5098, 14-5102.
June 2017The June edition of Combat Aircraft looks at some of the more interesting and rarer aircraft types that continue to serve, and are bowing out of service, around the world. <br><br>Our lead feature marks the end of the RF-4E in Greek service. With exclusive images (including low level shots) this is one not to miss as these Phantoms are retired in May. <br><br>We also cover the retirement of the Indian Navy Tu-142 ‘Bears’. Other types under the spotlight include Bolivian AT-33s, the USAF’s U-2s of the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron, Ukrainian Su-25s, Croatian MiG-21s and the fabulous Indian Air Force Jaguars.