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  • F-35A, maintainers proving reliable at Red Flag

    When it comes to the F-35A, much is made of the edge its fifth-generation technology gives pilots, but America’s newest fighter aircraft is also proving capable in the hands of maintainers.

  • Reservists take on ‘enemy’ at F-35A Red Flag debut

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Nine Air Force Reserve F-35A pilots and 16 maintainers from the 419th Fighter Wing are taking on the world’s greatest aggressor fleet during Red Flag 17-1 held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.    The reservists joined about 200 personnel and 13 F-35A Lightning IIs from

  • Hill fighter wings first to bring F-35A to Red Flag

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Pilots and maintainers from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings deployed the F-35A Lightning II to Nellis AFB, Nevada, Jan. 20.This is the first deployment to Red Flag for the F-35A and the first large movement since the Air Force declared the jet combat ready in August

  • Reserve pilot talks F-35 capabilities

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Lt. Col. Bradley “Rex” Klemesrud, 419th Fighter Wing F-35 pilot, speaks to a group of students during the High School Education Conference at the Utah State Capitol Oct. 25. The annual event, hosted by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, gives students an opportunity to learn about the

  • Reservists help keep F-35 stealthy

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — When the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th FW received the Air Force’s first operational F-35s in September 2015, they took responsibility for not only flying the jets, but also keeping them in top condition.   Tech. Sgt. Jake Lewis, 419th

  • Hill celebrates F-35A combat readiness

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The base hosted a ceremony Aug. 5 in celebration of the recent announcement that the F-35A Lightning II is ready for combat.Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, declared the fifth-generation fighter aircraft was ‘combat ready’ Aug. 2.During the ceremony,

  • Ogden ALC delivers 12th F-35A

    The Ogden Air Logistics Complex recently completed modifications on the 12th F-35A Lightning II for the Air Force's active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing.The June 30 delivery gives the two wings the minimum number of aircraft required to reach "initial operational

  • Reservist talks futuristic F-35 helmet

    Staff Sgt. Joseph Hicks, 419th Operations Support Flight, became the first reservist at Hill’s aircrew flight equipment shop to work with state-of-the-art helmets for the F-35 Lightning II, the Air Force’s newest fighter jet.   As an AFE technician, Hicks maintains and stores pilot gear, including

  • Reservist helps improve F-35 tire process

    For years, the wheel shop here has disassembled, inspected, repaired, built, and delivered reliable tires and wheels for F-16 Fighting Falcons. That reliability and 24-hour turnaround service will remain intact as the base's operational mission transitions to the F-35A Lightning II.The F-35 tire

  • Wing hosts 96-year-old WWII veteran

    On the 72nd anniversary of D-Day this week, the 419th Fighter Wing hosted 96-year-old Army veteran Charles Hardy, who served in World War II and the Korean War.   During his visit, Hardy toured Hill’s flightline and heard the roar of F-16s engines. He also got an up-close look at the Air Force’s