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First Dutch F-35 Pilot Takes to Skies
Eglin Air Force Base
Story by 1st Lt. Hope Cronin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies here in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole fighter.
Maj. Laurens J.W. Vijge, Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35 Integrated Training Center training lead, completed his first flight after 210 hours of classroom training and 13 flights in the simulators.
The Netherlands currently has two aircraft stationed here where they will continue to train pilots for operational testing and evaluation of the aircraft starting 2015. The Netherlands’ aircraft and personnel are incorporated into the U.S. Air Force’s 58th Fighter Squadron at the 33rd Fighter Wing.
Source: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118411/fir ... akes-skies