F-35A aircraft commenced scheduled flying operations at RAAF Base Williamtown during the last week of January 2019.
The two aircraft from No 3 Squadron began a phase of operations designed to verify and validate the jet’s capabilities.
These operations will continue for the next two years, in the lead-up to the declaration of the Initial Operational Capability at the end of 2020.
The first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters A35-009 and A35-010 arrived in Australia on 10 December 2018.
Australian Department of Defence
January 30, 2019