The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II of the Royal Australian Air Force has landed at Luke AFB on 18 December. The RAAF is thereby the first of ten non-US F-35 operator to start training with the new stealthy multi-role fighter at what will be the home of US-based F-35 training.
It is expected that Turkey, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea and Israel will join the US Air Force and the RAAF at Luke somewhere in the near future. Luke has already housed pilots and maintenance personnel from Singapore and Taiwan, but that’s for the F-16 fighter.
The RAAF F-35s will train in partnership with the 61st Fighter Squadron. Italy and Norway are expected to start flight training in September 2015 with the new to commission 62nd Fighter Squadron.
Source: US Air Force