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F-35 Lightning II : News & Discussions

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    October 25/17: An Indian Air Force (IAF) official has made claims that the service is looking to end involvement [​IMG] with PAK-FA next-generation fighter aircraft program, urging the government to back out of the effort. The aircraft is collaborative effort between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the Russian air giant, Sukhoi, but also involves work from various Russian design bureaus. The IAF source claimed that the “IAF is not keen to continue with the program,” and cited concerns such as an insufficient reduction in radar cross-section (RCS), especially in comparison to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, and difficulties in the Russia’s ability to demonstrate that it can produce the requisite technologies for 5th-generation fighters, such as electronic subsystems. Standing behind the program,however, is HAL, who is confident that the PAK-FA will succeed, arguing that the depth of technology-transfer being offered to India under the PAK-FA is not available elsewhere.
     
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    500th F-35 Pilot Takes to the Sky
    Eglin AFB, Florida // October 05, 2017


    The U.S. Air Force trained and graduated the 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot across the joint and international enterprise Sept. 19, 2017, here.



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    Maj. Chris Campbell, 461st Flight Test Squadron director of operations, is an F-16 test pilot with more than 1,000 fighter hours and 245 combat hours. He began F-35 fighter pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing this summer and became the 500th pilot to graduate the program.

    “As a test pilot, working on the F-35 is an opportunity for me to be a real force-multiplier,” Campbell said. “Flying the F-35 has been a long-term goal of mine. I am thrilled to be part of the program and I hope to make a positive impact.”

    While training as an F-35A student pilot at Eglin Air Force Base, Campbell completed approximately 200 hours of academics, 14 simulators, a high-speed taxi, and six flights in the aircraft before being deemed qualified.

    The coursework takes full advantage of emerging technology by leveraging virtual reality training for pilots to compliment the military's most advanced weapon system.

    “As we discover new ways to employ the F-35 based on its expanding capabilities, we have to adapt the way we train our pilots to ensure they meet the needs of our combat air forces,” said Col. Paul D. Moga, 33rd Fighter Wing commander. “The world of fifth-gen tactics is rapidly evolving. It is changing the way we think, train and execute as a joint and multi-national force.”

    Since the first aircraft was delivered in 2011, the F-35 enterprise and integrated training program have delivered more than 200 additional jets, produced more than 4,500 maintainers, and flown more than 100,000 hours.

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    “The F-35 and the capabilities it brings to the joint fight are key to the Air Force’s ability to dominate in any airspace,” Moga said. “The Airmen we train and graduate today are the finest in the world. Their skills, coupled with the survivability and lethality of this weapon system, will ensure continued air superiority for the U.S., our partners, and our allies for decades to come. Five hundred down, thousands to go.”

    “This milestone represents the epitome of a team effort: active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian, contractor, Air Force and Navy personnel all coming together with a common purpose to accomplish a common mission--train and graduate outstanding professionals for the combat air forces.”

    Campbell plans to use his experience as a legacy test pilot to help improve the fifth-generation fighter through developmental testing on the aircraft.

    “The F-35 will be the backbone of the Department of Defense's tactical fighter fleet,” Campbell added. “Making the product better in the developmental test phase will have a huge positive impact on the Combat Air Force in the future.”

    Eglin AFB is one of two bases in Air Education and Training Command responsible for the F-35 training mission. Together, Eglin AFB and Luke AFB, Arizona, enable AETC to provide F-35 flying and maintenance training that are critical to the joint fight.
     
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    New F-35A Squadron Stands Up at Hill
    Air Forces Monthly // October 03, 2017


    The 4th Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Fighting Fuujins’ and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) received a first F-35A at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, last Wednesday, September 27.



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    The latest Lightning II to arrive at Hill was tail number 5133. The aircraft was flown in by Lt Col Yosef Morris, 4th FS commander, before being directed to its parking spot by Staff Sgt Timothy Ericksen, 4th AMU dedicated crew chief for the jet.

    Currently the 4th AMU has maintenance control over six aircraft from the parent 388th Fighter Wing’s (FW’s) 34th FS, and 4th AMU personnel received training from the 34th AMU.

    “This jet marks the end of an era and the start of the future for the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings,” said Lt Col Morris. “Both wings are now one hundred per cent F-35 units, with the last F-16s leaving the base last week. We established a long, proud history of F-16 operations, supporting our country around the world for four decades. The arrival of the first 4th Fighter Squadron F-35 is the beginning of the next 40-year chapter for the Fuujins.”

    The first operational F-35As arrived at Hill AFB in October 2015. Hill currently has 27 F-35As and will eventually be home to 78 aircraft and three operational squadrons by the end of 2019. The 388th and 419th FWs fly and maintain the aircraft in a Total Force partnership, which combines active-duty and Reserve components.
     
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    500 pilots trained on a non operational fighter. Nice !!! :close_tema:
     
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    100 F22s spearheading 500 F35s followed by stealth bombers , 1000 drones and 5000 conventional war planes carrying 75,000 smart bombd should make a dent in any air defense and that's just the first attack..
     
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