F-35A Lightning II

Cool video shows 495th Fighter Squadron F-35As from RAF Lakenheath hitting the Mach Loop for the very First Time

Cool video shows 495th Fighter Squadron F-35As from RAF Lakenheath hitting the Mach Loop for the very First Time

The cool video in this post shows the first of the new 495th Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II strike fighters… Read More

2 years ago

RAF Lakenheath receives first Fifth Generation F-35A Lightning II aircraft

RAF Lakenheath first F-35A RAF Lakenheath received its first delivery of F-35A Lightning II aircraft on Dec. 15, 2021. This… Read More

2 years ago

Watch the Royal Australian Air Force video that commemorates the end of F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet service

After more than 30 years of dedicated service to the Royal Australian Air Force, Australia’s fleet of F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets… Read More

2 years ago

Freshly painted tail fin of the first F-35A belonging to the USAF first Europe-based Lightning II squadron unveiled

The 495th Fighter Squadron (FS), the first US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Lightning II squadron, was activated on Oct.… Read More

3 years ago

F-35A drops mock B61-12 nuclear bomb for first time completing final flight test of the nuclear design certification process

This event was the first release of the most representative B61-12 test asset from an operationally-representative F-35A. Two F-35A Lightning… Read More

3 years ago

Lakenheath prepares to bid farewell to 493rd FS F-15Cs with “The King” Last Flight after having activated USAF first Europe-based F-35A Squadron

With the arrival of the F-35As, 493rd FS’ F-15Cs will leave for good. The 48th Fighter Wing has activated the… Read More

3 years ago

The F-35A Lightning II is playing the role of Aggressor at Red Flag for the First Time

With both F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning IIs flying as adversaries (with the latter playing this role for the very… Read More

3 years ago

41 USAF F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters are currently without engines

Since there are 272 F-35A jets in the Air Force’s inventory, nearly 15 percent are without an engine. 41 US… Read More

3 years ago

Switzerland selected the F-35 Lightning II because it is the most advanced, capable and affordable aircraft available for the Swiss Air Force’s future fighter fleet

Switzerland will buy 36 F-35As after, as reported by Reuters, an evaluation by the government of the country found the… Read More

3 years ago

Mission capable rates of USAF fighters rise in 2020, led by F-35A. F-15E’s mission capable rate declined.

The F-35A’s MC rates soared, and rates even improved for the F-15C, which the service is anxious to divest because… Read More

3 years ago

The F-35A fleet is now the second-largest in the US Air Force’s inventory, behind the F-16

There are now 283 Lightning IIs in the USAF’s arsenal, compared to 281 A-10s, 234 F-15C/Ds, and 218 F-15Es. US… Read More

3 years ago

Tyndall Air Force Base to host three new squadrons of F-35A Lightning II

A Record of Decision was issued by the US Air Force (USAF) making Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) the official… Read More

3 years ago

NATO F-35 Milestone: Denmark’s first F-35A Lightning II performs maiden flight

Denmark is joining four other European nations who already operate the F-35: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway and Italy.… Read More

3 years ago

Hill AFB F-35A pilots take on ‘impossible to replicate’ scenarios at Red Flag 21-1

During Red Flag 21-1, Hill AFB fighter pilots were primarily tasked with using the fifth generation sensors and stealth capabilities… Read More

3 years ago

495th Fighter Squadron, the first USAF overseas-based F-35A unit, will be called the “Valkyries”

The first F-35As are scheduled to arrive at RAF Lakenheath in late 2021. The base was selected to host the… Read More

3 years ago

Biden administration is continuing its predecessor’s policy of excluding Turkey from F-35 program

The Trump administration decided to kick Turkey out of the F-35 program in July 2019 because it bought the S-400… Read More

3 years 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