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.
December 2017The Feature Article in the December issue of Combat Aircraft is dedicated to the US Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler. With sundown for this type set for 2019, we look at the Prowler’s ‘last crusade’. <br><br>The issue also ties in the new era of electronic attack with a feature on VAQ-129 ‘Vikings’ — the EA-18G training squadron for the US Navy. We also look at training new Naval Aviators with the first of a two-part feature on T-45C operations at NAS Meridian. <br><br>The issue also includes a look at the Northrop Grumman X-47B, which was set to enter the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray competition, but was dramatically withdrawn in October. Our USAF unit review is the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin ANG.