Squadron Complete

Posted 30 May 2014
Photo by SrA Christopher Callaway

The 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin AFB, Florida, became the US Air Force's first complete F-35A Lightning II squadron on 28 May 2014 as the twenty-sixth and final A-model aircraft was delivered to the base near Fort Walton Beach. Maj. Scott Charlton, a 58th FS pilot, ferried the aircraft (Air Force serial number 11-5034) from the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The first F-35A was delivered to Eglin on 14 July 2011. The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin is home to the F-35 Integrated Training Center responsible for F-35 A/B/C Lightning II pilot and maintainer training for the US Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force and, in the future, at least eight international partners.

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