Student Major Matt Johnston (left) walks from the 24th F-35 student sortie at Eglin AFB, Fla., with Instructor Lt Col Eric Smith. (Photo by Maj. Karen Roganov.)
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 15 Nov. 2012. The 24th student sortie in a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multirole fighter landed yesterday afternoon at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Excitement flowed throughout the base, as this singular event completes the training and flying portions of the operational utility evaluation (OUE).
Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II is reportedly "the world’s only international 5thGeneration multirole fighter."
Lockheed Martin officials credit the F-35's advanced avionics with providing pilots "real-time access to battle space information with spherical coverage and an unparalleled ability to dominate the tactical environment. Data collected by F-35 sensors can be immediately shared with commanders at sea, in the air, or on the ground."