09/21/2015: The 388th Fighter Wing received their first two F-35A Lightning II Aircraft at Hill AFB, UT, on September 2, 2015.
The two aircraft, tails 5071 and 5072, are both Block 3I jets, which provide initial warfighting capability.
That includes data links, multi-ship sensor fusion ability, the updated Integrated Core Processor, and initial live weapon capacities.
According to a story by Aldo Vazquez of the Utah4 TV:
The future of tactical aviation has arrived in Utah with its unparalleled technology and stealth performance two F-35A Lighting II touched down at Hill Air Force Base this afternoon.
Not only will this fighter compliment its partners in the air.
But, it can go where the threat lives to accomplish its mission.
“The technology that’s in this aircraft is incredible. It gives it the ability, really, to do things that the current fighters can’t and it’s easy to fly.
It’s fun, and I enjoy it every time,” said Lt. Col. Yosef Morris, Director of Operations for the 344th Fighter Squadron…..
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