Posted on August 24, 2011 by modelworks
Eglin Air Force Base will host a welcome part for the F-35 on Friday. The event celebrates the arrival of two F-35 aircraft at Eglin. The first touched down at the base on July 14 and the second arrived about a week later.
The welcoming ceremony will be hosted by Gen. Edward Rice, commander of the Air Education and Training Command. Other guest speakers include Lockheed Martin executive Larry Lawson, general manager of the F-35 Program, and 33rd Fighter Wing Commander Col. Andrew Toth.
The F-35 Lightning II is a multirole fighter and attack aircraft that will be used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as several foreign militaries. Eglin will be a primary training center for F-35 flight crew and maintenance personnel.
Eglin’s two F-35 aircraft have been grounded since Aug. 2 when engineers experienced a major engine problem with an F-35 test aircraft.
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Posted on May 6, 2011 by modelworks
A flight crew of five from the wing’s 911th Air Refueling Squadron arrived at Edwards Air Force Base and became the first operational tanker crew to refuel the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Flying a KC-135R Stratotanker, a flight crew and a maintenance crew from the wing’s 911th Air Refueling Squadron thought they were headed to California to support training and airlift for other wings. But what started out as a routine mission for Airmen from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 916th Air Refueling Wing turned into an historic ‘first in flight’ moment.
“We were the very first aircrew allowed to refuel the F-35, since the guidance allowing AMC crews to do so had just come out the night before,” said Capt. Robert Draper, a 911th ARS pilot.
Along with Captain Draper, Lt. Fred Burnette, Staff Sgts. Travis Swinson and Jonathan Wygal and Airman First Class Timothy Carter were part of this historic mission.
The crew was in California to support both F-35 and F-22 Raptor flight testing. Coincidentally, members of the 916th ARW also were the first to refuel the F-22 a few years ago off the coast of Florida.
Source: U.S. Air Force
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