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Air Force's F-35A conducts airstrikes for first time ever

The American army has flown its variant of the F-35 in combat, using two of the aircraft to take out an ISIS tunnel network and weapons cache in Iraq on April 30, Defense News reported.


Tuesday’s airstrikes — the first US use of the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing model at war — follow the combat employment Israel Defense Forces’ F-35As in May 2018 and US Marine Corps’ F-35Bs in September 2018.


"The F-35A provides our nation air dominance in any threat," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said at the time of the deployment, according to "When it comes to having a 'quarterback' for the coalition joint force, the interoperable F-35A is clearly the aircraft for the leadership role."


Last Modified: Thursday، 02 May 2019 11:06 PM