Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft, escorted by an F-16C, land at Hill AFB on September 2, 2015.
The two Lightning II aircraft are the first combat-coded F-35As to be permanently assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron under USAF Air Combat Command's 388th Fighter Wing.
The First Italian Built F 35 Makes First Flight.
Test pilot Bill "Gigs" Gigliotti piloted the first flight of the F-35 outside the U.S. on September 7, 2015, near the Cameri, Italy, Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility. Aircraft AL-1 was also produced at the FACO facility, making it the first-ever internationally produced F-35A.