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Topgun Receives Its First F-35C Lightning II

Friday, July 31, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Jamie Hunter  |  July 31, 2020  |  The Warzone Wire


First F-35 joins the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center as Fallon training and tactics support steps up a notch.

The Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC), the organization that includes the famous TOPGUN school, has received its first F-35C Lightning II. The aircraft touched down at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, yesterday, emblazoned with the iconic lightning bolt tail flash and TOPGUN badge, albeit in predictably toned-down form, as is standard for U.S. 5th generation fighters.

Earlier this month The War Zone reported on how the first F-35 students completed the grueling U.S. Naval Fighter Weapons School (NFWS) course in May and how the advent of the F-35 has triggered one of the biggest revamps in the school’s history. TOPGUN students traditionally borrow jets from their squadrons when attending the course. The arrival of an F-35C for NAWDC means that staff instructors at TOPGUN, as well as those in other departments within the organization, will now be able to fly missions in the Lightning without having to borrow aircraft, as well. READ MORE...

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