An F-35A Lightning II pilot assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron dons a sleeveless flight jacket in preparation for the first combat sortie in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility April 26, 2019, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fleet of F-35s deployed from active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for the first time in Air Force history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford)
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