HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah is starting to fill up its planned roster of F-35A fighters.
Base officials said the wing's 421st Fighter Squadron on Wednesday received its first two F-35As and that the wing is scheduled to have a full complement of 78 aircraft by the end of 2019.
Officials say the Hill Air Force Base recently launched a record number of F-35 fighter jets to demonstrate military capabilities.
The wing’s other two fighter squadrons have been loaning F-35As to the 421st so its personnel could prepare to maintain and launch the aircraft.
The Air Force’s first operational F-35As landed at Hill in October 2015.