The US Air Force said it planned to make a first international operational deployment with its F -35A s in 2 017, and in April eight aircraf t from Hill AFB, Utah, arrived at R AF Lakenheath, UK, to make that a reality. AFM’s Thomas Newdick det ails this landmark overseas exercise.


SIX F-35A Lightning IIs operated by the 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron ‘Rams’ and the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing’s 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, touched down at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, on April 15, at the start of the type’s first overseas training deployment to Europe. A further pair arrived on April 19.

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