On 13 September 2013 this F-35A Lightning II became the first ever to at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The aircraft from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron underwent post-production modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. (Image © Alex R. Lloyd / US Air Force)

USAF testing F-35 deployment

The US Air Force is testing the Lockheed Martin F-35’s performance during deployments this month by sending four jets from Hill Air Force Base over to Mountain Home Air Force Base. The deployment includes pilots, mechanics, equipment, plus the use of spare parts and the aircraft’s troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS).

Hill Air Force Base accepted it’s first F-35 last year and is expected to reach Initial Operational Capability (IOC) later this year, making Hill the first US Air Force base to house operational F-35s. The test month should prove how the new aircraft behaves while on actual deployment.

Problems

A critical report released on 1 February shows plenty of issues still to be resolved on the F-35. ALIS is one of the problems listed in the report. The United States Marine Corps (USMC) however, declared IOC for its first F-35B squadron last year.

Meanwhile, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) pilots prove themselves quite happy with the F-35’s progress. See our feature story here. Also, the new fifth generation fighter jet completed its first ever transatlantic flight on Friday 5 February,

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