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  • Hill to Eielson: Cooperation between first, newest F-35A wing speeds stand-up, shapes future

    Four F-35A Lightning IIs from Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing took off on a four-hour flight across the Pacific Northwest for Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The Air Force’s first combat-coded F-35A Lightning II wing is sending aircraft to the Air Force’s newest F-35A wing to help speed their stand-up. It is a win to help them get in the fight faster and to no longer be the only combat-coded F-35A unit. In the long term this provides a brother in arms, who is going to take the fight to the enemy with the 388th.
  • Synergy-centered maintenance key to F-35A reliability and high mission capability rates

    As capable as the F-35A has proven itself to be on the battlefield – seeking out and evading or killing high-end threats – it can be just as capable in reliability and quick combat 'turns' when maintainers leverage the synergy designed into the maintenance systems. Currently, the 388th Fighter Wing is generating a mission capable rate of more than 80 percent, which means that they can generate enough F-35A sorties to support the operational demands of the wing.
  • Hill Airmen expand F-35A combat capability in Rapid Forge

    This week, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s fighter wings forward deployed the F-35A Lightning II to several locations in Europe as part of a joint readiness exercise. So far, Operation Rapid Forge has seen F-35As, F-15E Strike Eagles, and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft work together to land, refuel and re-arm with inert munitions at forward airfields in Poland, and operate out of Lithuania and Estonia in one day.
  • U.S. Air Force F-35As conduct first combat employment

    Two U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft conducted an air strike at Wadi Ashai, Iraq, in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve on April 30. This strike marked the F-35A’s first combat employment.
  • Night ops

    Airman from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 421st Fighter Squadron and 421st Aircraft Maintenance unit launched the F-35A Lightning II during night flying operations at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 26, 2019.
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