Finally: Air Force deploys first F-35s to Europe for operations

Finally: Air Force deploys first F-35s to Europe for operations
An F-35 undergoes testing of its Gatling gun at Edwards AFB. (Image: Lockheed Martin, Darin Russell via USAF)

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft will soon head to Europe to perform military exercises, marking the plane’s first operational deployment.

In a statement released by the U.S. Department of Defense on Friday, the Pentagon revealed the Air Force will participate in training events alongside NATO and other U.S. forces to support the European Reassurance initiative.

U.S. and NATO troops have intensified military activity in the region as a show of force against Russian aggression. Exercises recently included tank maneuvering drills with Polish forces in March. …

Bases in Europe are scheduled to house the jets on a permanent basis in the early 2020s.

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