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USAF F-35s and F-16s fought non-stop for more than 8 hours in defensive counter-air exercise
During the defensive counter-air exercise, if the enemy was successful in making it through the defenses and hitting a target, the friendly force was penalized by losing time to generate aircraft as maintainers took cover. The active duty 388th Fighter Wing (FW) and Reserve 419th FW conducted a very unique integrated defensive counter-air...
First Middle East deployment for USAF F-35A Lightning II
On Apr. 15, 2019 the U.S. Air Force’s fifth generation multi-role aircraft arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. On Apr. 15, 2019 the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II fifth generation multi-role aircraft arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, for its first deployment to the Middle East....
New paint scheme for USAF Test Pilot School's F-16 VISTA
The NF-16 VISTA recently received a new look and modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. Taken on Jan. 30, 2019 the cool photos in this post show the NF-16 VISTA (Variable stability In-flight Test Aircraft) departing Hill Air Force Base (AFB), UT, after recently receiving a new look and modifications at...
USAF installs metallic 3D Printed Part on F-22 because of lack of Additional Parts to Support Raptor Community
The use of 3D printing gives maintainers the ability to acquire replacement parts on short notice without minimum order quantities The use of 3D printing is not new to the U.S. Air Force (USAF). The service in fact has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out...
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 is a big step toward the 388th Fighter Wing having a full complement of 78 F-35A Lightning IIs by the end of 2019 The 388th Fighter Wing’s 421st Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance...
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 Taken by Aaron Rumfallo from RampCheck Global on Nov. 19, the interesting photos in this post show Hill’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wings conducting a combat power exercise during which the F-35 has done is first ever elephant walk. During...
Lockheed Martin delivers 300th production F-35 aircraft
The 300th production F-35 aircraft is a USAF A-model, to be delivered to Hill AFB, Utah Taken on Jun. 11, 2018 the photo in this post shows the 300th production F-35 aircraft flying off the flight line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. Noteworthy the 300th production F-35 aircraft, which was delivered by Joint Program Office (JPO) and Lockheed Martin,...
Half YF-12 and half SR-71: the story of "The Bastard," the only SR-71C ever built
SR-71C S/N 61-7981 was nicknamed "The Bastard" since it was a hybrid comprised of the rear fuselage of the first YF-12A and a functional engineering mockup of an SR-71A forward fuselage built for static testing Taken at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in June 2016, the interesting clip in this post shows SR-71C, "The Bastard" S/N 61-7981, that was the only...
U.S. and two foreign countries stop accepting F-35 jets over repair cost dispute with Lockheed Martin
Corrosion “exceeding technical limits” was discovered during routine maintenance at Hill AFB last year. The dispute centers on who will foot the bill for Lockheed Martin technicians to travel around the world to remedy the issue on F-35 jets based overseas A dispute with Lockheed Martin over a production mistake on the F-35 has prompted the Pentagon and at least...
New F-35A squadron activated at Hill AFB
Hill AFB currently has 27 F-35A stealth fighters and will eventually be home to 78 aircraft and three operational squadrons by the end of 2019 A historic event took place at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) on Sep. 27, 2017. On that day in fact hundreds cheered the historic arrival of the 4th Fighter Squadron’s and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s first...

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