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Tango0114 Apr 2017 11:17 a.m. PST

… Europe this weekend.

"The U.S. Air Force's F-35A is deploying internationally for the first time this weekend, heading to Europe to conduct training exercises with NATO allies, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The Defense Department offered sparse details about the event, which will involve deploying a "small number" of F-35As from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to an undisclosed location in Europe.

The joint strike fighters will take off sometime this weekend. After landing, they will then spend several weeks in the region as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, the department's effort to strengthen military ties with European allies to help deter Russian aggression on the continent…"
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28mm Fanatik14 Apr 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

I guess this means the Trump/Putin bromance is over…

paulgenna Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2017 12:14 p.m. PST

Also gives Russia an opportunity to see if they can start detecting the aircraft and locking on. I guess the cat and mice scenarios begin.

Volleyfire14 Apr 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

Meanwhile our first 3 aircraft have arrived at Fairford.

Tango0115 Apr 2017 10:04 a.m. PST



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