Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Eglin F-35 training accelerates

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Flight training on the F-35 continues to accelerate at the 33rd Fighter Wing. Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, commander of the wing’s 58th Fighter Squadron, said that in the first week of flying in March there were two flights scheduled. Now in August the plan is for sixteen F-35 sorties a week and in September it go up to 21. There are nine F-35As, nine U.S. F-35Bs and one UK F-35B at Eglin. (Source: Flightglobal, 08/13/12) Eglin is home of the F-35 training center. Luke Air Force Base has also been chosen as a training center.