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First responders tested in F-35 accident exercise

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters move toward a 33rd Fighter Wing F-35 Lightning II during a major accident response exercise May 9.  This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin.  First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing.  They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters move toward a 33rd Fighter Wing F-35 Lightning II during a major accident response exercise May 9. This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin. First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing. They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Brian Easterling, a 96th Test Wing firefighter, climbs a ladder to extract an injured F-35 Lightning II pilot during a major accident response exercise May 9.  This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin.  First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing.  They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Brian Easterling, a 96th Test Wing firefighter, climbs a ladder to extract an injured F-35 Lightning II pilot during a major accident response exercise May 9. This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin. First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing. They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Brian Easterling, a 96th Test Wing firefighter, extracts an injured pilot from an F-35 Lightning II during a major accident response exercise May 9.  This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin.  First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing.  They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Brian Easterling, a 96th Test Wing firefighter, extracts an injured pilot from an F-35 Lightning II during a major accident response exercise May 9. This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin. First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing. They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters and medical technicians prepare to move an injured F-35 Lightning II pilot during a major accident response exercise May 9.  This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin.  First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing.  They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters and medical technicians prepare to move an injured F-35 Lightning II pilot during a major accident response exercise May 9. This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin. First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing. They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter stands by to engage the fire from an F-35 Lightning II during a major accident response exercise May 9.  This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin.  First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing.  They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter stands by to engage the fire from an F-35 Lightning II during a major accident response exercise May 9. This was the first MARE involving the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft at Eglin. First responders had to put out fires on debris from the aircraft after a hard landing. They also had to extract the injured pilot and get him to medical personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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