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  • Santa zooms to Hill AFB for early Christmas

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Santa took a break from his busy schedule to visit the 419th Fighter Wing for an early holiday surprise. When the jolly old elf stopped by Hangar 37 for the wing’s annual Christmas party, he arrived in style, flying an F-35 Lightning II in lieu of his traditional sleigh.Santa greeted children, passed out presents, and
  • Maintainers ensure F-35A stays safe, stealthy

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – If every other system on a fighter aircraft fails, there’s one that has to work. The ejection system.No one likes talking about it, but it’s a fact of aviation, and the Airmen responsible for maintaining that system on the F-35A Lightning II take their jobs very seriously.Maintainers are notorious for paying “close
  • Hill Airmen depart for F-35A’s first Middle East deployment

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – F-35A pilots, maintainers, and support personnel from the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th Fighter Wing deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates last week – the first Middle East deployment for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II.The group is made up of personnel from the
  • Hill Airmen set for F-35 deployment to Japan

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – About 100 reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing will join their active duty counterparts in the 388th Fighter Wing for the first F-35A operational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region next month.   In total, approximately 300 Airmen and 12 F-35s from Hill AFB will deploy for a six-month rotation to Kadena Air
  • Hill fighter wings first to bring F-35A to Red Flag

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Pilots and maintainers from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings deployed the F-35A Lightning II to Nellis AFB, Nevada, Jan. 20.This is the first deployment to Red Flag for the F-35A and the first large movement since the Air Force declared the jet combat ready in August 2016.Red Flag is the Air Force's premier air-to-air
  • Hill fighter wings first to bring F-35A to Red Flag

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Pilots and maintainers from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings deployed the F-35A Lightning II to Nellis AFB, Nevada, Jan. 20.This is the first deployment to Red Flag for the F-35A and the first large movement since the Air Force declared the jet combat ready in August 2016.Red Flag is the Air Force's premier air-to-air
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