F-16/F-35 Joint Training

Photo by SSgt. Christina Judd

F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve Command 419th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah, deployed to Eglin AFB, Florida, and carried out the first joint air-to-air combat training missions with F-35A Lightning II pilots from the 58th Fighter Squadron on 24 April 2014. Hill F-16 maintainers also received an in-depth overview of the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System. Hill is slated to receive its first operational F-35A in late 2015. Planning is currently underway for three operational Lightning II squadrons at the base and aircraft deliveries are expected to be phased in over a three-year period with full conversion anticipated by March 2019.

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