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  • Operation Rapid Forge 2019 VUL 4

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 25, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. The U.S. Air Force is engaged, postured and ready with credible force to assure, deter and defend in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air
  • Operation Rapid Forge; F-35A Lightning II lands in Latvia

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter jet deployed from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis on a runway during Operation Rapid Forge at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, July, 23, 2019. This is the first time a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has landed in Latvia. Operation Rapid Forge is a U.S. Air
  • Operation Rapid Forge 2019

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, taxis on the flightline during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 23, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft
  • Lakenheath breaks ground on future F-35 infrastructure

    Liberty Wing leaders in partnership with Defence Infrastructure Organisation and members of the local community, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new F-35 infrastructure at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, July 15, 2019.
  • Norwegian F-35 maintainers service American jets in historic first-time visit

    For the first time outside the U. S., Norwegian and American F-35 Lightning II maintainers worked together on their aircraft June 17, 2019. A team of five maintainers and four pilots from the 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Norway for the historic cross-servicing event, during which the maintenance teams received and turned two American F-35As after their arrival from Finland.
  • Paris Air Show underway

    U.S. aircraft and Department of Defense personnel are participating in the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France, which kicked off June 17, 2019.The air show provides a collaborative opportunity to share and strengthen U.S. and strategic international partnerships that have been forged over several decades."We have a great partnership with the
  • Hill’s fighter wings demonstrate global reach with F-35A

    A squadron of F-35A Lighting II fifth generation fighter aircraft are currently deployed to the European theater as part of a Theater Security Package, funded through the European Deterrence Initiative, to provide a more robust U.S. military rotational presence capable of deterring adversaries and assuring partners and allies of the U.S.
  • US F-35A fly with NATO allies in Spain

    A U.S. F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lands at Los Llanos Air Base, Spain June 10, 2019, as part of the Tactical Leadership Program flying course. This NATO training course is designed to provide multilateral training and increase NATO interoperability among participants by sharing standard
  • 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.
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