Photo: An F-35A Lightning II from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lands at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 15, 2017. The aircraft arrival marks the first F-35A fighter training deployment to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility or any overseas location as a flying training deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)
The first operational deployment by USAF F-35A Lightning IIs is under way. Six F-35s from the 34th FS, 388th FW at Hill AFB, Utah, arrived at RAF Lakenheath, UK, today.
The aircraft are expected to stay for a few weeks and will conduct local European operations.
The aircraft deployed are serials: 13-5072, 14-5094, 14-5096, 14-5097, 14-5098, 14-5102.
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