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.
August 2017The August 2017 issue of Combat Aircraft presents a series of features to mark the 70th anniversary of the USAF. <br><br>Our lead feature showcases the 114th Fighter Wing South Dakota ANG, with exclusive images. <br><br>Our cover story relates to the B-1B Lancer and a story on the 28th Bomb Squadron schoolhouse and a feature covering deployed operations in Guam.<br><br>We also look at the display debut of the F-35A in Paris, an air power rundown of the USAF fighter community and a look back at F-117s in Operation ‘Desert Storm’ and F-105 Thunderchiefs in Vietnam.<br><br><b>PLUS</b> That Syrian shootdown by a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet.