[Photo] First F-35 sporting “LF” tail code for Luke Air Force Base

Not only is it the 100th F-35, but it’s also the first aircraft bound to Luke Air Force Base, near Phoenix Arizona, the airbase chosen by the U.S. Air Force for the international F-35 pilot training.

The aircraft will arrive at Luke early in 2014, and it will be the first of 144 F-35s that will operate within 56th Fighter Wing’s six squadrons for U.S. and allied JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) training.

Image credit: LM


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