F-35 arrives in Germany for ILA Berlin
By 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 20, 2018
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/