Wednesday, October 1, 2014

General officer qualifies in F-35

Crew chief salutes general. Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first general officer has qualified to pilot the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, commander of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., finished his seven-week training program when he touched after a sortie Sept. 26. The general had some five hours of F-35 seat time with back-to-back sorties and a hot pit refuel. The general was chosen to become qualified based on his position at the USAFWC and pilot experience. The center he leads is responsible for current and future F-35A operational testing, tactics development and eventual advanced training exercises and weapons school. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 09/30/14)