A USMC F-35B at Joint Base Elmondorf-Richardson as part of Northern Edge this May (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)

F-35s Fly First Training Missions in Alaska Skies

By Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

For the first time, F-35 fighter jets are flying in Alaska as part of massive military training exercise. The small squadron is a preview of what’s in store for the Air Force in Alaska during the next few years.

More than a dozen reporters and military photographers gathered on the tarmac at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday morning for a rare in-person glimpse on an F-35. The smooth gray plane resembles a hybrid between a sports car and an electric razor, stretching about the length of a tractor-trailer.

Officers from the Air Force and the Marine Corps were on hand to answer questions, and introduce service members who are flying and maintaining these new planes, and in Alaska as part of the Northern Edge training exercise.

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