388th Fighter Wing

Meet the F-35 “Franken-bird,” the Lightning II made from two mishap damaged F-35As

Meet the F-35 “Franken-bird,” the Lightning II made from two mishap damaged F-35As

The making of the F-35 ‘Franken-bird’ F-35 maintenance experts at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) are taking on a seemingly… Read More

4 months ago

F135 Engine Issues force USAF F-35 Demo Team to cut the number of 2021 shows by eight performances

The Air Combat Command that controls the team cut the number of 2021 shows by eight performances (about one-third). The… Read More

3 years ago

Meet Lt. Col. Jared “Vic” Santos, the first USAF pilot to hit 1,000 flying hours in F-35A

On Oct. 22, 2020 Lt. Col. Jared “Vic” Santos, became the first Air Force F-35 pilot to reach 1,000 flying… Read More

3 years ago

For third time in a year, Hill F-35As deploy to Middle East

Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings deployed F-35A Lighting IIs into combat for the third time in approximately… Read More

4 years ago

Hill AFB F-35A Lighting II Stealth Fighters conduct massive Elephant Walk

A little more than four years after receiving their first combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft, Hill’s fighter wings have achieved… Read More

4 years ago

Hill AFB fighter wings receive 78th and Final F-35A Lightning II

“This is a great milestone. It marks the end of the beginning for us,” Col. Steven Behmer, 388th Fighter Wing… Read More

4 years ago

421st FS and AMU get first F-35A

The arrival of the first jets in the 421st brings the total number of F-35As at Hill to 52 and… Read More

5 years ago

Here are some exclusive photos of Hill’s recent Combat Power Exercise

During the Combat Power Exercise 388th and 419th FWs launched 35 F-35 Lightning IIs within a condensed period of time… Read More

5 years ago

388th and 419th FWs Conduct The F-35’s First Elephant Walk Exercise

As the Air Force’s only combat-ready F-35A units, the 388th and 419th FWs must be prepared to launch any number… Read More

5 years ago

Video shows first BRRRRRTTTTTTT Run for F-35A

The cool video in this post shows 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron F-35A aircraft displaying the firepower of GAU-22/A… Read More

6 years ago

388th FW fires F-35A’s GAU-22/A 25 mm internal cannon for the first time in operational training

The F-35A’s GAU-22/A 25 mm internal cannon allows the aircraft to maintain stealth against air adversaries as well as fire… Read More

6 years ago

HILL SAYS GOODBYE TO THE ICONIC F-16 VIPER

The then 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill AFB was the first unit in the U.S. Air Force to receive… Read More

7 years ago

HILL AFB F-35A LIGHTNING IIs TO PERFORM THEIR FIRST INDEPENDENCE DAY FLYOVER

Since F-16s are being phased out at Hill and transferred to other bases, the F-35 will now be the "face”… Read More

7 years ago

HILL LAUNCHES 3,000th F-35A LIGHTNING II SORTIE

The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is the information technology infrastructure which performs behind-the-scenes monitoring, maintenance and prognostics to support… Read More

7 years ago

COOL PHOTOS SHOW USAF F-35As DURING A TRAINING SORTIE OF THEIR FIRST-EVER DEPLOYMENT TO EUROPE

“The Lightning’s European deployment is another great opportunity to exercise the capabilities of this aircraft. Our strength is the ability… Read More

7 years ago

HERE’S HOW F-35’s SENSOR FUSION MAKES THE F-15 MORE LETHAL

The sensor fusion capability of the F-35 gives the F-15 an unprecedented situational awareness which allows the Eagle to fight… Read More

7 years ago

AS HILL AFB CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF F-16 COMBAT OPERATIONS, IT PREPARES TO BID FAREWELL TO THE MIGHTY VIPER

The F-16 program transformed USAF's fighter forces In 1977, the United States Air Force (USAF) announced that the 388th Fighter… Read More

7 years ago