MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs reports: A Defense Contract Management Agency government flight representative landed the first Japanese-made F-35A on Misawa AB’s runway, Nov. 2.
Maj. Elijah Supper piloted the brand-new aircraft from the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out facility, and was quickly joined by two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin National Guard, there to escort the new jet across the Pacific.
“This F-35 is one of the most clean and well-built aircraft I have ever seen,” Supper said. “The Japanese take great pride in this aircraft and have ensured it’s made to the highest standard.” … (read more)