Thursday, July 21, 2011

Second F-35 delivered to Eglin

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Lockheed Martin's second F-35A Lightning II production jet arrived Wednesday at Eglin Air Force Base, less than a week after delivery of the first jet to the base in Northwest Florida. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph T. "OD" Bachmann piloted the aircraft, known as AF-8, arriving at 11:50 a.m. CDT. AF-8 joins AF-9, which Lockheed Martin delivered to the 33rd Fighter Wing last Thursday after a flight from Fort Worth, Texas. The jets will be used for training F-35 pilots and maintainers who are slated to begin course work at the base's new F-35 Integrated Training Center this fall. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/20/11)