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  • Hill Airmen bring F-35A, fifth-gen capabilities to European defense exercise

    AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Airmen deployed from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently wrapped up the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs first participation in a large, European air-and-missile defense exercise.The focus of the multi-national exercise, Astral Knight 2019, was to defend several
  • Astral Knight 2019: Maintainers sharpen F-35A

    Deployed maintainers of the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to contribute to exercise Astral Knight 2019 on the flightline of Aviano Air Base, Italy. Astral Knight 2019, a joint-multinational exercise led by U.S. Air Forces in Europe, aims to demonstrate the defense capabilities of the U.S. integrated air and missile defense system.
  • Astral Knight aircraft refuels over the Adriatic

    Two F-35 Lightning II aircraft fly in formation during an aerial refueling training mission, during Operation Astral Knight 19 over the Adriatic Sea, June 3, 2019. Astral Knight is a joint, multinational exercise taking place throughout various locations in Europe, with more than 900 Airmen participating in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • USAFE hosts European F-35 User’s Group meeting

    Military leaders from several European countries joined U.S. Air Forces in Europe for an F-35 Air Chief meeting at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 12, 2019.
  • Royal International Air Tattoo draws record visitors to RAF Fairford

    The 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo, held here from July 13th to 14th, attracted a record 185,000 visitors for a weekend full of aviation displays, aerial acrobatics, and events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.
  • F-35 arrives in Germany for ILA Berlin

    Two F-35A Lightning II's assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, landed in Berlin, Germany today as part of the United States delegation for the 2018 Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace Berlin Air and Trade Show.
  • Eight nations set stage for F-35 in Europe

    More than 50 senior leaders from the European theater participated in an F-35 leadership forum held at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, July 19-20. The assembly of experts and stakeholders aimed to provide a common vision among F-35 platform users on future force projection, theater integration and interoperability.
  • Lightning IIs complete successful European deployment

    Eight F-35A Lightning IIs from the 34th Fighter Squadron, along with supporting units and equipment from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, completed the first F-35A training deployment to Europe, May 7.
  • F-35As deploy to Estonia for the first time

    Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and approximately 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, today, from RAF Lakenheath, England. The F-35As are participating in their first-ever training deployment to Europe. The aircraft and total force Airmen and are from the 34th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Reserve’s 466th Fighter Squadron, 419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
  • US, UK leaders mark F-35A program milestone

    Senior leaders from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Air Force and the Royal air force gathered to highlight a significant F-35A Lightning II program milestone, April 19.
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