Eglin’s first F-35 formation

Two F-35A Lightning IIs have flown in formation over Eglin Air Force Base.

April 14: Two F-35A Lightning IIs from the 33rd Fighter Wing flew in formation over Eglin Air Force Base’s range during the unit’s first joint strike fighter formation flight on April 10.

Lt Col Eric Smith, 58th Fighter Squadron director of operations, flew the lead aircraft while Marine Maj Joseph Bachmann, Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 aircraft maintenance officer, flew wingman.

The pilots, both first in their service qualified to fly the F-35, were validating pilot syllabus objectives in preparation for future training. The 33rd FW is responsible for F-35 A/B/C pilot and maintainer training for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and in the future, at least eight coalition partners.

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