‘Panther’ taming at Luke

The F-35 is destined to follow in the footsteps of the F-16 and become ubiquitous worldwide. Ted Carlson visited Luke Air Force Base to discover more about the expansion of the international training effort.

International F-35

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A smart four-ship of Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35As over Arizona: 69-8702, 79-8703, 79-8704 and 69-8701. These jets were among the five that arrived at Misawa on May 28 after a ferry flight from Luke.

“We consider ourselves the best in the business at the fighter training mission and have been doing this for decades with the F-16. Much of our F-35 training has been modelled off of what we have learned from the F-16.” Lt Col Eric ‘Bodhi’ Puels

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