Aviation Nation 2016: USAF F-35A Lightning II – Welcome to the Fifth Generation

As military budgets continue to be tightened it is rare to see a brand new combat aircraft flying at an air show these days. Aviation Nation 2016 bucked that trend with the presence of the USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team from Luke AFB.

The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter officially entered USAF operational service in 2016. Much maligned due to difficulties with its highly advanced technology implementation, high cost and so on, I can tell you it is impressive to see them fly and be put through their paces just a little bit. The F-35A with full afterburner roaring is surprisingly loud!

USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Flight Heritage Team take-off at Nellis AFB
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Roaring past
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Take-off on the Sunday
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
F-35A afterburner with a mountain backdrop
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
USAF F-35 Flight Heritage Team
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Letting rip!
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Upwards and onwards!
USAF Heritage Flight Aviation Nation 2016 Nellis AFB F-86 F-35 F-22
First to Fifth Generation USAF jet fighters – F-86 Sabre, F-35A Lightning II & F-22 Raptor
The F-35A and the old guard, a 1950's era North American F-86 Sabre jet Aviation Nation 2016
The F-35A and the old guard, a 1950’s era North American F-86 Sabre jet
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Heading into a barrel roll turn
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Barrel roll turn
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Fast pass
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Full afterburner
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
The F-35A is very loud!
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Power
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
The surface area is designed to reduce radar signature. The wings and fuselage have incorporated designs and features to both deflect and absorb radar waves
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
A successful flight display and landing
USAF F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Aviation Nation 2016
Back in Nellis
USAF F-35 Heritage Flight Team out of Luke AFB, Arizona Aviation Nation 2016
USAF F-35 Heritage Flight Team out of Luke AFB, Arizona
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