Wing showcases AF Reserve, F-35 to local civic leaders

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 419th Fighter Wing hosted a group of elected officials and business leaders from Utah during a two-day trip to Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 20-21.

Col. Bryan Radliff, 419th FW commander, hosted the group during their visit to 10th Air Force at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, and the nearby Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility. The trip gave the civic leaders an in-depth look at the Air Force Reserve and the Air Force’s newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II.

While en route back to Hill, the group watched a midair refueling of an F-35 from aboard a KC-10 assigned to the 349th Air Mobility Wing from Travis AFB, California. The F-35s from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, refueled in the skies over the Nevada Test and Training Range.

Hill AFB will be home to the Air Force’s first operational F-35 squadron, and expects to receive the first aircraft next month. The 419th FW will fly and maintain the jets alongside its counterparts in the active-duty 388th Fighter Wing.

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