F-35 arrives in Germany for ILA Berlin

Two F-35A Lightning II's assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, landed in Berlin, Germany today as part of the United States delegation for the 2018 Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace Berlin Air and Trade Show.

Two F-35A Lightning II's assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, landed in Berlin, Germany today as part of the United States delegation for the 2018 Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace Berlin Air and Trade Show.

Staff Sgt. Zachary Madera, F-35 Heritage Flight Team crew chief, stands at parade rest at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2018. The Berlin Air and Trade show provides a collaborative opportunity to share and strengthen the U.S. and European strategic partnership that has been forged during the last seven decades and is built on a foundation of shared values, experiences, and vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Staff Sgt. Zachary Madera, F-35 Heritage Flight Team crew chief, stands at parade rest at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2018. The Berlin Air and Trade show provides a collaborative opportunity to share and strengthen the U.S. and European strategic partnership that has been forged during the last seven decades and is built on a foundation of shared values, experiences, and vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot, taxis down the runway in an F-35A Lightning II at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2018. The F-35 logged its longest non-stop flight to date, lasting just over 11 hours before touching down in Germany for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot, taxis down the runway in an F-35A Lightning II at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2018. The F-35 logged its longest non-stop flight to date, lasting just over 11 hours before touching down in Germany for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot, salutes  both Staff Sgt. Patrick Murphy and Staff Sgt. John Baker, F-35 Heritage Flight Team crew chiefs, upon arrival for the 2018 Berlin Air and Trade Show at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2018. The Berlin Air and Trade Show provides an invaluable forum to demonstrate the types of weapons and technology that promote the goals of enhancing the security of our allies and improving interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot, salutes both Staff Sgt. Patrick Murphy and Staff Sgt. John Baker, F-35 Heritage Flight Team crew chiefs, upon arrival for the 2018 Berlin Air and Trade Show at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2018. The Berlin Air and Trade Show provides an invaluable forum to demonstrate the types of weapons and technology that promote the goals of enhancing the security of our allies and improving interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Staff Sgt. Ivan Sumter, F-35 Heritage Flight Team crew chief, marshalls in an F-35A Lightning II upon arrival for the 2018 Berlin Air and Trade Show at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2018. The Berlin Air and Trade Show provides an invaluable forum to demonstrate the types of weapons and technology that promote the goals of enhancing the security of our allies and improving interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Staff Sgt. Ivan Sumter, F-35 Heritage Flight Team crew chief, marshalls in an F-35A Lightning II upon arrival for the 2018 Berlin Air and Trade Show at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2018. The Berlin Air and Trade Show provides an invaluable forum to demonstrate the types of weapons and technology that promote the goals of enhancing the security of our allies and improving interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Two F-35A Lightning II's assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, landed in Berlin, Germany today as part of the United States delegation for the 2018 Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace Berlin Air and Trade Show. 

The F-35 logged its longest non-stop flight to date, lasting just over 11 hours before touching down in Germany for the first time, a testament to the men and women who maintain and operate the F-35.

The aircraft will be on public display beginning Wednesday, April 25 through Sunday, April 29. 

Participation in the ILA Berlin promotes standardization and interoperability of equipment with NATO allies and other potential coalition partners, highlighting the strength of the U.S. commitment to the security of Europe. 

The lead aircraft was piloted by Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot. The F-35 Heritage Flight Team is comprised of one pilot and 12 maintainers, all stationed at Luke AFB.

The F-35 Heritage Flight Team is scheduled to take part in 13 air shows during the 2018 season providing an extraordinary opportunity for the public to see the F-35 first-hand and learn about the skill and precision of America’s Airmen.

To learn more about the F-35 Heritage Flight Team visit: http://www.luke.af.mil/F-35-Heritage-Flt-Team/