Monday, November 17, 2014

Fifth gens jointly train

F-35s and F-22s fly in formation at Eglin.
U.S. Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., were deployed to Eglin Air Force Base earlier this month for the unit's first operational integration training mission with the F-35A Lightning II’s of Eglin's 33rd Fighter Wing. The training was to improve integrated employment of fifth-generation assets and tactics. The training allowed both units to gain operational familiarization and capture lessons learned to improve future exercises. The F-35s and F-22s flew offensive counter air, defensive counter air and interdiction missions together, exploring ways to maximize their fifth-generation capabilities. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing, 11/17/2014) Eglin is home of the F-35 integrated training center. F-22 pilots are trained at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.