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PHOTOS: Hill F-35A sunset launch

An F-35A takes off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A takes off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A taxis in front of the setting sun prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A taxis in front of the setting sun prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A lifts off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A lifts off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Lt. Col. Benjamin Harrison, 466th Fighter Squadron commander, performs pre-flight actions in an F-35A prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Lt. Col. Benjamin Harrison, 466th Fighter Squadron commander, performs pre-flight actions in an F-35A prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35As prepare to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photos by R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35As prepare to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A sits at the end of the runway prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A sits at the end of the runway prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

A crew chief with the 388th Fighter Wing marshals an F-35A prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

A crew chief with the 388th Fighter Wing marshals an F-35A prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

A maintainer performs pre-flight checks on an F-35A prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

A maintainer performs pre-flight checks on an F-35A prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

A maintainer performs pre-flight checks on an F-35A prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

A maintainer performs pre-flight checks on an F-35A prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A takes off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photos by R. Nial Bradshaw)
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An F-35A takes off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photos by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A begins to speed down the runway prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)
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An F-35A begins to speed down the runway prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A taxis prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)
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An F-35A taxis prior to take off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the evening of Aug. 20, 2019, as the active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted local night flying operations. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

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