Friday, March 21, 2014

F-35 night training starts soon

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Pilots will begin training at night in the F-35 fighter for the first time, perhaps as early as next week. Nine of the F-35s are equipped for use in training pilots to navigate at night. Takeoff would be about 8 p.m. and flights would last about an hour. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Smith, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing's operations support squadron, said they will use the same flight paths as they do during the day and that residents typically are out of earshot. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/21/14)