Ogden ALC completes F-35 milestone mods

ALEX R. LLOYD/U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force F-35 test pilot, Lt Col Kevin “Sonar” Hall departs Hill Air Force Base on March 9 in a Navy F-35C model Lightning II during its functional check flight (FCF).
ALEX R. LLOYD/U.S. Air Force
Hall performs a low approach at Hill Air Force Base. The Ogden ALC is the first to work on the entire fleet of F-35 variants, which also includes the Air Force’s F-35A model and the Marine Corps’ F-35B model.
Ogden Air Logistics Complex
March 16, 2017

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah --  The Ogden Air Logistics Complex accomplished another "first" in support of the F-35 Lightning II program.

A U.S. Navy F-35C – carrier variant – was delivered to Edwards AFB, Calif., on March 13, making the Ogden ALC the first maintenance depot to receive, modify and deliver all three F-35 variants.

The aircraft arrived at Hill AFB in April 2016 from Eglin AFB, Fla., and over the past 10 months underwent required structural modifications to remove and replace life limiting parts and other upgrades.

The aircraft was originally assigned to the “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 at Eglin AFB. While at Hill AFB the aircraft was transferred to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron NINE Detachment Edwards to participate in the F-35C testing and evaluation program.

Ogden ALC officials credited teamwork with Lockheed-Martin and the Joint Program Office for the successful delivery. The Ogden ALC is expected to deliver two additional aircraft back to the Navy later this month.

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