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An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, performs a pass Oct. 1, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, performs a pass Oct. 1, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. F-35s are capable of reaching speeds of 1,200 mph or Mach 1.6, almost twice the speed of sound. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, flies Oct. 1, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, flies Oct. 1, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The F-35’s engine yields 43,000 pounds of thrust and consists of a single stage high-pressure turbine, a 3-stage fan, an annular combustor, a 6-stage compressor and a 2-stage low-pressure turbine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Two F-35A Lightning IIs, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, prepare to land Oct. 1, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Two F-35A Lightning IIs, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, prepare to land Oct. 1, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The F-35’s electronic sensors contain an electro-optical distributed aperture system, which increases pilot’s situational awareness for the space surrounding the aircraft, enhancing missile and aircraft warning, and day and night vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, performs a pass Oct. 1, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. F-35s are capable of reaching speeds of 1,200 mph or Mach 1.6, almost twice the speed of sound. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)