JASDF pilots will fly F-35A at Luke AFB by end of the year

Fighter pilots from Japan Air Self-Defense Force will be flying the F-35A at Luke Air Force Base by the end of the year, a Lockheed Martin official told Stars and Stripes in Tokyo.

A U.S. Air Force pilot navigates an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing into position to refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 336th Air Refueling 130516-F-XL333-556
By MSgt John Nimmo Sr. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

At the same time, Japanese technicians will learn how to maintain the aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base.

Eric W. Schnaible, the company‚Äôs F-35 international communications manager, added that AX-5 – the first Japanese-assembled F-35A – will roll out of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ plant in Nagoya next year.

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