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F-35A reaches 100th sortie milestone at Eglin

Maintainers place chocks on the wheels of an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter after its sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16.  The sortie marked the 100th F-35A mission flown at Eglin.  The Air Force and Marine Corps pilots accomplish morning and afternoon sorties every day, depending on the weather.  Together, the A and B variant F-35 pilots have flown almost 200 sorties at Eglin.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Maintainers place chocks on the wheels of an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter after its sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16. The sortie marked the 100th F-35A mission flown at Eglin. The Air Force and Marine Corps pilots accomplish morning and afternoon sorties every day, depending on the weather. Together, the A and B variant F-35 pilots have flown almost 200 sorties at Eglin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, the 58th Fighter Squadron commander, talks with his crew chief from the cockpit of the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter after a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16.  Kloos’ flight marked the 100th A-variant sortie flown from Eglin.  Kloos, an instructor pilot on the F-35, flew the two-ship mission with Col. Andrew Toth, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander, as one of Toth’s F-35 familiarization training flights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, the 58th Fighter Squadron commander, talks with his crew chief from the cockpit of the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter after a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16. Kloos’ flight marked the 100th A-variant sortie flown from Eglin. Kloos, an instructor pilot on the F-35, flew the two-ship mission with Col. Andrew Toth, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander, as one of Toth’s F-35 familiarization training flights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

A maintainer secures the chocks on the wheel of an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter after its sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16.  The sortie marked the 100th F-35A mission flown at Eglin.  The Air Force and Marine Corps pilots accomplish morning and afternoon sorties every day, depending on the weather.  Together, the A and B variant F-35 pilots have flown almost 200 sorties at Eglin.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

A maintainer secures the chocks on the wheel of an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter after its sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16. The sortie marked the 100th F-35A mission flown at Eglin. The Air Force and Marine Corps pilots accomplish morning and afternoon sorties every day, depending on the weather. Together, the A and B variant F-35 pilots have flown almost 200 sorties at Eglin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, the 58th Fighter Squadron commander, waits for the maintenance team to secure the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter before starting shutdown procedures after a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16.  Kloos’ flight marked the 100th A-variant sortie flown from Eglin.  Kloos, an instructor pilot on the F-35, flew the two-ship mission with Col. Andrew Toth, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander, as one of Toth’s F-35 familiarization training flights.

Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, the 58th Fighter Squadron commander, waits for the maintenance team to secure the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter before starting shutdown procedures after a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16. Kloos’ flight marked the 100th A-variant sortie flown from Eglin. Kloos, an instructor pilot on the F-35, flew the two-ship mission with Col. Andrew Toth, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander, as one of Toth’s F-35 familiarization training flights.

An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter rolls by after completing the 100th A variant flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16.  The 100th and 101st sortie were flown by Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, the 58th Fighter Wing commander and Col. Andrew Toth, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander.  The two-ship training sortie was Toth’s second familiarization flight in the F-35.  The Air Force and Marine Corps pilots accomplish morning and afternoon sorties every day, depending on the weather.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter rolls by after completing the 100th A variant flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16. The 100th and 101st sortie were flown by Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, the 58th Fighter Wing commander and Col. Andrew Toth, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander. The two-ship training sortie was Toth’s second familiarization flight in the F-35. The Air Force and Marine Corps pilots accomplish morning and afternoon sorties every day, depending on the weather. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)