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F-35 Flies First Training Sortie at Luke AFB

F-35 Flies First Training Sortie at Luke AFB

A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took to the sky over Arizona’s West Valley, May 5, in what was the first local training sortie for the fifth-generation fighter jet.

The jet is currently the only F-35 at Luke Air Force Base  with additional jets expected to arrive within the next few weeks.

“The ability to conduct local flight operations demonstrates the commitment by thousands of individuals who have worked to make this a reality,” said Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, the 61st Fighter Squadron commander. “Our first sortie this week represents a significant milestone in the F-35 program at Luke (AFB).”

For the complete story by Air Force News via Military.com, click here.

Updated: May 13, 2014 — 5:39 PM

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