“The OUE [Operational Utility Evaluation] showed the men and women at Eglin are ready,” Air Education and Training Command commander, Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., said. “I’m very proud of both those in uniform and the contracted support who put in years of hard work. The culmination of those labors was successfully demonstrating the Integrated Training Center can conduct safe and effective flying operations in addition to academic training.”
During the OUE experienced F-16 and A-10 pilots transitioned to the world’s first multi-role stealth fighter. The results show the F-35 aircraft and its pilot training program are robust enough to conduct the planned transition and upgrade courses.
“The team at Eglin went through a rigorous process to lead the way for F-35A training. We look forward to starting off the New Year with more history in the making as they put the JSF Integrated Training Center to task to provide a world class training program,” said Rice.
Photo: Two U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Courtesy photo)