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).”
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