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F-35 pilot fitting facility is the first stop before pilots hit the flight line. These two stories, one from 2015 highlighting pilot fitting at Luke AFB and one from 2017 highlighting pilot fitting at MCAS Beaufort highlights the process. Outfitting F-35 pilots requires perfection By Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published October 20, 2015 LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Anyone who has been fitted for a suit, a tux or even…

The 0-5 Military: Reshaping Concepts of Operations for Full Spectrum Crisis Management

05/09/2019By Robbin Laird Although interesting to speculate about technology and the future of warfare, the core point is the future is now.  The US and its allies have… Read more »

Software Upgradeability and the F-35 Global Enterprise: The Australian Case

05/08/2019In article published by Australian Defence and Business Review on their January-February 2019 issue, Andrew McLaughlin provided a look at how to think about the F-35 and its… Read more »

Opening the F-35 Flight Envelope: The Perspective of a VMFAT-501 Pilot

04/30/2019U.S. Marine Capt. Frank Zastoupil, F-35B Lighting II pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, speaks about the capabilities of the F-35B Lighting II and its participation… Read more »

Visiting the Warlords: An April 2019 Update from the CO of VMFAT-501

04/29/2019By Robbin Laird During my most recent visit to 2ndMarine Air Wing, I had a chance to visit MCAS Beaufort and meet with Lt. Col. Adam Levine, the… Read more »

Warlords Fly at MCAS Beaufort Air Show

04/29/2019We had a chance to attend the 2019 Beaufort MCAS Airshow on Friday, April 26, 2019. A visit the day before with the CO of the Warlords provided… Read more »

The 2019 Beaufort MCAS Airshow: The Warlords and the Latest F-35 on Display

04/28/2019We had a chance to attend the 2019 Beaufort MCAS Airshow on Friday, April 26, 2019. The airshow goes through today, April 28, 2019. A visit the day… Read more »

UK to Deploy F-35s to Cyprus for the First Time

04/09/2019Cyprus has provided a key operational launch point for the RAF in the Middle East for some time. Recently, the UK updated its agreement with the Cyprus government… Read more »

From Legacy Training to Training a Crisis Management Force: 5th Gen and the Kill Web

04/04/2019By Robbin Laird An ability to actually have a kill web force requires the training to actually do it. Training will need to occur on two levels. First,… Read more »

Luke’s F-35 5-year Anniversary

04/04/2019Luke AFB is where the F-35 global enterprise has been launched. Pilots AND maintainers have been trained for the USAF and all the partner nations which have purchased… Read more »