Video: Air Force’s Newest Fighter Touches Down at Columbus AFB
COLUMBUS AFB, Miss. (WCBI) -Student pilots at Columbus Air Force Base got an upclose look at the newest fighter in the Air Force Arsenal. Two F- 35 fighters touched down Thursday. The Lightning Two is the culmination of the military’s Joint Strike Fighter program.
One of the fighters was piloted by Brigadier General Scott Pleus, Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, responsible for training future F-35 and F-16 pilots.
The F-35 will be replacing the F-16 fighter and A-10 attack aircraft in the Air Force, as well as the F-A 18’s in the Navy and Marine Corps.
It is expected to enter service in about 18 months..