The first production model F-35 Lightning II to be assigned to the 33rd FW arrived at Eglin AFB on July 14th, 2011 after a ninety-minute ferry flight from Fort Worth. The aircraft, #08-0747, will be used for training F-35 pilots and maintainers who begin coursework at the base’s new F-35 Integrated Training Center. The aircraft was flown to Florida by Lt. Col. Eric Smith of the 58th FS, the first Air Force qualified F-35 line pilot. [USAF photo by SSgt. Joely Santiago]
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Aircraft Database: F-35 #08-0747
AF-9 arrived at 13.18hrs CDT after a 90-minute ferry flight from Fort Worth piloted by Lt. Col. Eric Smith of 58 FS. First production F-35 delivered.
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