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  • Hand-painting and high-tech stealth for F-35A

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – How do you make a 51-foot-long, 35-foot-wide fighter jet undetectable? There's no black magic that exists to make the F-35A Lightning II invisible, but it does have masking features which make it challenging to detect, track or target by radar with missiles or by an enemy

  • UPDATE: Hill fighter wings conducting night flying into February

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah --  The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings will conduct local night-flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II on most weekdays starting this week through February.  During this period, flying is scheduled to be completed by approximately 10:30 p.m., but

  • 2021: A Year in Review

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – For reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing, the year flew by much like the F-35 – lightning fast.The wing began the New Year by tackling the previous year’s biggest challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic. January’s drill saw the first vaccinations for front-line reservists such

  • Hill fighter wings conducting night flying next two weeks

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings will conduct local night-flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II on most weekdays through Dec. 21.  During this period, flying is scheduled to be completed by 10 p.m., but these times may change based on a

  • Behind the 466th Fighter Squadron lies a valuable ‘resource’

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Pilots may often be considered the face of the Air Force, but behind them is a powerhouse that ensures they are always ready to fly.The Reserve 466th Fighter Squadron’s aviation resource management team is crucial to the success of the flying mission at Hill. The team of

  • In Focus: Airman 1st Class Ethan Wilson

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Like many Airmen, having a veteran in the family inspired Airman 1st Class Ethan Wilson to join the Air Force Reserve.“My grandpa told me how he served in the Reserve after active duty, and it made me want to do the same thing,” Wilson said. “The Reserve is a good fit

  • Maintainers face off during weapons load competition

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Reserve and active-duty maintainers from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings went head-to-head during an F-35 weapons load competition here Sept. 24, 2021. During the timed and graded competition, maintainers put their training to the test and proved their combat readiness.

  • 419th to honor 9/11 anniversary with flyovers across Utah

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – This Saturday, Air Force Reserve pilots from the 419th Fighter Wing will fly the F-35A Lightning II over local events honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11.Four F-35s will kick off the Brigham City Peach Days parade at 10 a.m. and later fly over the Utah Healing Field

  • Hill AFB hosting weapons evaluations over next two weeks

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Communities surrounding Hill Air Force Base may notice an increase in flying over the next two weeks as the Air Force conducts joint weapons system evaluations here.From Aug. 16-27, F-16s from Aviano Air Base, Italy, and F-35As from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., will be

  • An inside look at F-35 pilot helmet fittings

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Reservists in the 419th Operations Support Squadron play a crucial role to ensure the safety of pilots assigned to the 419th Fighter Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only combat-capable F-35 unit. “We are responsible for maintaining and repairing pilot gear to ensure