Saturday, November 24, 2012

UK pilots begin training

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Last week, the first two United Kingdom pilots started training with the F-35. Royal Air Force squadron leader Franki Buchler and Royal Navy Lt. Cdr. Ian Tidball have joined the U.S. Marines Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which is conducting initial training and instruction on the F-35B at Eglin Air Force Base. The U.K. pilots will take academic courses for about six weeks before they go on their first flights. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/23/12)