Tuesday, January 27, 2009

F-16 pilots picked as F-35 instructors

Two pilots from F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons at Luke Air Force Base, Texas, are among the pilots tapped to form the initial cadre for the F-35 Lightning II. Both are instructor pilots for Air Education and Training Command. They'll be part of the initial group of 10 instructors in the F-35 training program at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and will be responsible for training subsequent instructors. (Source: Air Force Times, 01/26/09) The Marine Corps earlier this month selected six pilots for their version of the F-35 and will arrive at Eglin later this year or early next. (Story)