Having marked initial operating capability in 2016, the US Air Force was keen to get its new F-35As out on the road. In April, eight aircraft from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah arrived at RAF Lakenheath, UK, for the USAF F-35’s maiden overseas deployment.
HILL F-35A IN EUROPE
THE US AIR Force is under pressure to prove that its stealthy new superfighter, the F-35A Lightning II, is able to deliver upon the initial operating capability (IOC) that was declared last August. With more than 120 jets delivered and the principal training unit at Luke AFB, Arizona, having notched up its 10,000th F-35 training sortie in March, the Lightning II program is moving ahead at a pace.