Friday, September 7, 2012

F-35A reaches milestone

F-35 at Eglin. Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force officials begin the F-35A Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, a step that moves the service closer to beginning F-35 pilot and maintener training. The review is expected to last about 65 days. Since February 11 pilots checked out in basic F-35A operations. In the evaluation data will be collected from all facets of F-35 training, including maintenance, classroom, simulator and flights. It will be a precursor for the Air Force to train other services and allies. Initially, 59 aircraft and three flying squadrons, one for each service/aircraft variant, will be established at Eglin. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 09/07/12)