The F-35 comes as one-seater only, making the need for simulators even bigger (Image © US Air Force)

First F-35 joins US Air Force Weapons School

The US Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas took delivery of its first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II on Thursday 15 January. The aircraft arrived straight from the Lockheed Martin production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

The goal is to develop a n F-35 combat training syllabus for US Air Force Weapons School students. The school, part of Nellis’ 57th Fighter Wing, is doing so in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. The latter already operates a number of F-35s from Nellis. The weapons school’s F-35s will initially operate under the umbrella of the 16th Weapons Squadron, the school’s F-16 squadron.

It’ll be a while before the actual student course on the F-35A starts, as the target is set for  January 2018.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest

On the ramp at Nells. (Image © US Air Force)
On the ramp at Nells. (Image © US Air Force)