Mountain Home AFB testing to determine if F-35 ready for combat
By John Sowell
Feb. 24, 2016
Flying the next generation F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jet is like stepping out of a Toyota Camry into a Lamborghini, a U.S. Air Force pilot told reporters Wednesday.
“That’s as close as I can give you as an example,” Maj. Chris White said.
When you take off, it gives you a shove into the back of the pilot’s seat, he said.
“It gives you the butterflies right before every single takeoff,” said White, a commander with the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base outside Lancaster, Calif. “I smile every time I take off.”
For the past three weeks, six F-35As from Edwards have been undergoing testing at the bombing range at Mountain Home Air Force Base. They are being evaluated under simulated combat conditions to see if the planes are ready for use by pilots at Hill Air Force Base outside Ogden, Utah.[FULL ARTICLE]