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Maj. Halit Oktay is the first Turkish pilot to fly the F-35
On Jun. 19, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said Turkish pilots and maintenance personnel were being trained on the F-35 fighter jet at Luke AFB According Daily Sabah, on Aug. 29, Maj. Halit Oktay became the first pilot from Turkey to fly on the F-35. On Jun. 21, Turkey took delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet at a ceremony...
Turkey to receive first F-35 on Thursday despite opposition from Congress
The sale of the F-35 to Turkey is particularly controversial, because Ankara also plans to purchase the sophisticated Russian-built S-400 missile system On Aug. 13, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law a defense policy bill that will hold up the transfer to Turkey of 100 F-35 fighter jets, deepening a rift between the two countries over the...
Pentagon rejects Turkish request to hire F-16 instructors from Pakistan
Between 300 and 350 of the dismissed personnel after the thwarted coup were fighter pilots and as a result TuAF is now short of F-16 drivers The coup in Turkey last year has thinned the ranks of its F-16 pilots and the country had wanted to recruit instructors from Pakistan to train more pilots. However, the move has been blocked by...

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