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  • Hill Airmen generate 3,000th F-35A sortie, adopt upgraded ALIS

    Recently, the F-35A Lighting II, departed Hill Air Force Base for the 3,000th sortie generated by maintainers from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and reserve 419th Fighter Wing.That sortie, and all others flown that day was carried out with the new version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System. Commonly called ALIS, it’s the F-35A’s
  • AF announces NAS JRB Fort Worth as preferred location for next F-35A base

    Air Force officials announced Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, as the preferred location for the first Air Force Reserve-led F-35 base, which is expected to begin receiving its first F-35As in the mid-2020s.
  • First Japanese F-35A arrives at Luke

    The F-35 program hit another milestone Nov. 28 with the arrival of the first Foreign Military Sales F-35 at Luke Air Force Base.
  • Reservist hits USAF F-35 trans-Atlantic milestone

    A native Arizonan and 944th Fighter Wing Reserve pilot achieved his lifelong goal while also hitting a milestone for the Air Force last month.Maj. Daniel Daehler, 944th Operations Group Det. 2, F-35 instructor pilot, flew an F-35 Lightning II from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to Royal Air Force Fairford, England, making it his first trans-Atlantic
  • Hill hosts Fox News

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Maj. Jayson Rickard, F-35 pilot in the 419th Fighter Wing, gives Fox News reporter Allison Barrie an up-close look at the new Gen III helmet during a visit here July 19. Barrie toured the active duty 388th FW and Reserve 419th FW to learn more about the fifth-generation fighter jet and the technology used by Hill’s
  • Reservists lead F-35 ops on drill weekend

    This weekend marks the first time reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing conducted F-35 operations independent of their active duty counterparts.  Reserve Airmen have been integral to the F-35 mission at Hill AFB, working side by side with the active duty 388th Fighter Wing since the first aircraft arrived in September 2015. But this weekend put the
  • F-35A nearly combat ready

    The first off-station deployment exercise for the F-35A Lightning II confirmed that the Air Force’s newest fighter jet is on track to reach initial operational capability later this year. A declaration of IOC means the F-35A will be combat ready.
  • One foot in front of the other

    Being one of the Air Force’s new cadre of F-35 Instructor Pilots and pulling multiple G-forces daily puts a toll on one’s body, however, that’s nothing compared to running a 100-mile race through rugged terrain. Major Peter Cossette, a F-35 Instructor Pilot with the 944th Fighter Wing, ran the Zion 100 Mile Ultra Marathon along the outskirts of
  • Hill F-35s form up for combat training

     F-35 pilots here began flying routine four-ship combat training missions at the Utah Test and Training range in the west desert this week.Active duty and Reserve pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings will use the jet’s intricate computer network to evade a series of simulated threats. They’ll also work together to detect and jam enemy
  • AF names candidate bases, criteria for choosing next F-35A sites

    Air Force officials announced April 12 that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, are candidate bases for the first Reserve-led F-35A Lightning II location.
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