First South Korean F-35A at rollout ceremony at Fort Worth plant, March 28, 2018.
Norwegian F-16s in formation flying with F-35s at Ørland Airbase. Credit: Norwegian Ministry of Defence
Marines from the ordnance section of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, load inert explosives into an F-35B Lightning II as part of a regularly scheduled aircraft training relocation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 15, 2018. ATR's are designed to increase operational readiness and bilateral interoperability for both U.S. and Japan forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexia Lythos)
Successful test of drag chute for winter operations for Norwegian F-35s. The test was conducted at Ørland Air Force Base in Norway February 16th. Credit: Royal Norwegian Air Force.
F35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 are staged in preperation for Exercise Valiant Shield 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sep. 15, 2018.. Photo by Lance Cpl. Seth Rosenberg, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
INDIAN OCEAN (Sept. 2 2018) The Essex ARG and 13th MEU is the first U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team to deploy to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations with the transformational warfighting capabilities of the F-35B Lightning II. It conducted its first combat operation in the Middle East on September 27, 2018.
Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, First of Class Flight Trials (Fixed Wing) lead test pilot with the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force, continues FOCFT(FW) developmental test flights aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth on Oct. 12, 2018.
Sailors direct an F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). December 8, 2018.
F-35s as the tip of the spear in the NATO TLP program held at
Amendola Airbase, December 2018
A35-010 and A35-009, F-35A Joint Strike Fighter fly in formation with F/A-18 Hornets near Williamtown Airbase. December 2018. Credit: Australian Department of Defence.
An F-35A Lightning II pilot from the 388th Fighter Wing's 4th Fighter Squadron prepares to launch during Red Flag 19-1, Nelllis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 6, 2019.
Members of the 62nd Fighter Squadron from Luke Air Force Base pose for a group photo March 9, 2019, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The team traveled to Nellis AFB to participate in Red Flag, exercise 19-2, and included Italian, Norwegian and U.S. personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)
As the sun sets an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter conducts night operations at RAAF Base Richmond. Credit: Australian Ministry of Defence.
F-35B flying at Beaufort Air Show, April 2019. Credit: Second Line of Defense
A Member of the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team prepares to launch Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 pilot, during the Bagotville International Air Show in Quebec, Canada, June 22, 2019. The team performed during both days of the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)
F-35 test pilot Dan Levin, F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force, flies an Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) test flight in an F-35C on a low level through West Virginia, June 17, 2019. Flying the low level helps stress the Auto-GCAS software to confirm there are no false collision warnings while flying as close to the ground as operationally representative. The F-35 Enterprise begins fielding Auto-GCAS on the F-35 fleet in 2019.
Six F-35 Lightning jets of 207 Squadron (Sqn) arrived back to the UK at their home base RAF Marham in July 2019. The jets left Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort in South Carolina. The trip took 10 hours and the first jet landed at RAF Marham around 1950 local time. 207 Sqn will formally stand up on the 1st August 2019 and the first F-35 pilot course at RAF Marham will commence in early September 2019.
F-35 Lighting II maintainers from both the United States Air Force and Royal Norwegian Air Force work together at Orland Air Base, Norway, to turn two American jets after a sortie June 17, 2019. The visit marked the first time American F-35s have landed in Norway, which operates its own fleet of the fifth-generation fighters, and served as valuable training for the Norwegian maintainers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Austin M. May.)