Pilots Conduct Training Missions on Nellis Air Force Base

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Orchard communicates via headset to the F-35A Lightning II aircraft pilot before a training mission on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 2, 2013. Orchard, a crew chief, is assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. The F-35A is assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and maintained by the 57 AMXS Lightning aircraft maintenance unit. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman
  • Air Force Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop conducts pre-flight checks inside an F-35A Lightning II aircraft before a training mission on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 2, 2013. Bishop is a pilot and director of operations for the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. The F-35A will be integrated into advanced training programs such as the Air Force Weapons School, Red Flag and Green Flag exercises. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman
  • Air Force Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop inspects the exhaust of an F-35A Lightning II aircraft before a training mission on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 4, 2013. Bishop is a pilot and director of operations for the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman
  • Air Force Capt. Brad Matherne conducts pre-flight checks inside an F-35A Lightning II aircraft before a training mission on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 4, 2013. Matherne, a pilot, is assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman
  • Air Force Capt. Brad Matherne views other aircraft and the flightline inside an F-35A Lightning II aircraft before a training mission on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 4, 2013. Matherne, a pilot, is assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman
  • An Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft pilot prepares to depart for training mission on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 4, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman
  • Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Orchard crouches underneath the exhaust of an F-35A Lightning II aircraft performing final pre-flight checks before a training mission on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 4, 2013. Orchard, a crew chief, is assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Fagerstrom, left, greet Air Force Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop, right, and Air Force Capt. Brad Mathern, center, before the first operational training mission of the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 4, 2013. Bishop, a pilot and director of operations, and Matherne, a pilot, are assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo
  • Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Orchard renders a salute after performing an end-of-runway inspection on an F-35A Lightning II aircraft before a training mission on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 4, 2013. Orchard, a crew chief, is assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo