First RAAF pilot qualifies on F-35 29/04/2015 | Redazione

The first RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, 37,  has qualified to fly the new Lockheed F-35 Lightning and he'll now start instructing other RAAF pilots on this advanced aircraft. Since January, he's been learning to fly the advanced new F-35, making his first flight in January and now qualifying to fly F-35s and also to instruct new RAAF F-35 pilots. Australia plans to acquire up to 100 F-35 aircraft but so far there's just two, both still in the US in the training pool at Luke US Air Force base in Arizona - Squadron Leader Jackson's next stop. Later in the year he'll be joined by Squadron Leader David Bell, Australia's second qualified F-35 pilot and instructor. There Australian and other international pilots will learn to fly F-35s. 

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