Thursday, July 14, 2011

F-35 arrives at Eglin

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first F-35 Lightning II that will be used by the Integrated Training Center landed at Eglin Air Force Base today at 1:15 p.m. It took off earlier in the day from Fort Worth, Texas, for the 90-minute flight. The plane, known as AF-9, is a conventional takeoff and landing version of the fifth generation fighter. It's one of six that will be coming to the base in coming months. Eventually, Eglin will have 59 of the Lockheed Martin-built jets. They’ll be used by the 33rd Fighter Wing to train pilots and maintainers from all branches of the military, as well as allied nations. The Eglin plane is the third production model delivered to the Air Force. The first two are assigned to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Source: Tcp, 07/14/11) Press release