Wednesday, March 2, 2016

F-35 combat wings mark first

F-35A combat unit drops GBU-12. AF photo
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Air Force combat wings dropped bombs from the F-35A last week, marking the first time a combat unit has done so. The bombs, dropped at a test range at Hill Air Force Base, were laser-guided GBU-12 Paveways, the bomb type dropped for the first time from an F-35 in October 2013. The F-35 has used a variety of weapons in testing, but this test involved the 388th and 419th fighter wings, the first combat units to use the bombs as the Air Force moves toward declaring the F-35 ready for operations later this year. (Source: AFNS, 02/29/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 integrated training center. Previous related