The F-35A is starting to flex its muscles and recently conducted its first European deployment. Tom Kaminski examines the growth and development of the USAF’s Lightning II fleet.


A pair of Lighting IIs from the 62nd FS, which is part of the 56th FW – one of two USAF training wings to operate the F-35A.
Jim Haseltine

The recent deployment of eight Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs to Europe marked a significant milestone for the US Air Force’s variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, which achieved its initial operational capability (IOC) with Air Combat Command (ACC) last August.

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