First Australian F-35 Pilot Enters Training

Posted 29 January 2015
Photo by Flt. Sgt. Kev Berriman

Royal Australian Air Force Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, Australia’s first F-35A pilot, began flight training with the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin AFB, Florida, on 26 January 2015. He is expected to make his first flight later this year after completing simulator instruction. After completing training, Jackson is expected to become an instructor for Australian and other international F-35 pilots. The first F-35A aircraft will arrive in Australia at the end of 2018 with the first operational squadron to be established by 2020. The F-35A will replace the aging F/A-18A/B Hornets at RAAF Williamtown near Newcastle, New South Wales, and at RAAF Tindal near the city of Katherine, Northern Territory.

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