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  • PHOTOS: 388th, 419th FWs load F-35A cannon

    Maintenance Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, accomplish the first-time operational loading of 25 mm target rounds in an F-35A Lightning II, Aug. 10, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The F-35A is the only F-35 variant with an internal cannon. It is capable of firing 50 rounds per second. The load on the F-35A’s internal cannon was for operational training sortie on Aug. 10, 2018.
  • 388th Fighter Wing standing up final F-35A aircraft maintenance unit

    Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing recently began standing up the last of its aircraft maintenance units, a big step toward receiving the full complement of F-35A Lightning IIs by the end of 2019. The 421st AMU, which will support the 421st Fighter Squadron, is preparing to receive its first aircraft in December. The unit is filling out the roster with new Airmen and training on four jets loaned from other 388th FW units.
  • Hill Airmen, aircraft progress together as F-35A program matures

    Two years after the Air Force declared IOC for the F-35A, pilots and maintainers at Hill’s active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings are steadily erasing the word “initial” from in front of “operational capability.” Since the IOC announcement on Aug. 2, 2016, Airmen and the jet have grown together during deployments to Europe and Asia, several combat exercises, weapons evaluations and daily operations.
  • 388th Maintenance Group eying future time, cost savings with 3-D printing

    The 388th Maintenance Group’s Air Force Repair and Enhancement Program shop recently acquired a 3-D printer with the hope of increasing availability and driving down costs for certain F-35 replacement parts. 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, uses a computer-controlled machine to form automatically-fed material into a three dimensional object. In this case, aircraft parts.
  • Hill's 388th Fighter Wing hosts Make-A-Wish children

    Eight children and their families from Make-A-Wish Utah visited the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base and earned their wings during a "Pilot for a Day" program here May 24.
  • Successful weapons evaluation exercise comes to a close

    Evaluation exercise Combat Hammer concluded May 10 at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range. Both are part of the Air Force's Weapons System Evaluation Program, or WSEP.
  • Airmen, jets return from Japan deployment

    Airmen and F-35A aircraft from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing returned here May 4-5 following a six-month deployment to Kadena Air Base, Japan. The deployment was part of a routine “theater security package” that demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. This marks the first long-term overseas deployment for the F-35A, which first arrived at Hill AFB in 2015 and was deemed “combat ready” by the Air Force one year later. The biggest thing with being the first operational F-35 theater security package, it sets the playbook for every other operational wing to follow.
  • 419th welcomes first female commander, F-35 pilot

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The 419th Fighter Wing welcomed its first female commander during a change of command ceremony here today. Col. Regina “Torch” Sabric assumed command from Col. David “Shooter” Smith, who has served as commander since November 2015.  Sabric will be the wing’s first female F-35 pilot upon completing flight training in the
  • Final operational F-16s depart Hill

    The last six operational F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft lifted off from the runway here Sept. 21 at approximately 11 a.m. on their way to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, where they will continue flying.Several military and civilian Airmen watched as pilots stepped to the jets and taxied away for takeoff. The operational F-16s, which have been assigned
  • Airpower on display at Paris Air Show

    U.S. aircraft and Department of Defense personnel are on display at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, June 19-25.
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