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How Actual F-35A Pilots Assess the Aircraft

The first USAF F-35A fighter wing is now fully operational. The Heritage Foundation had a recent unique opportunity to conduct structured interviews with 30 F-35A combat pilots—21 previously experienced former fourth-generation fighter pilots, 9 pilots in their first fighter assignment, as well as senior operations and maintenance leaders at Hill Air Force Base (AFB), UT. Their collective perspectives and insights—the good and the bad—have been analyzed and form the basis for a new groundbreaking Heritage Foundation report: The F-35A—The Most Dominant Multirole Fighter in the World. Join us for a unique opportunity to discuss the major findings of the report, including a direct comparison of the F-35A to other fourth-generation fighters including the F-15, and a robust exchange with those in attendance.

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