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F-35A is Combat Ready

​Air Combat Command chief General Hawk Carlisle said that the F-35 is “combat ready,” and he would have no reservations about sending it into battle. Speaking with reporters at the Pentagon on August 2nd, Carlisle declared Initial Operational Capability for the F-35A, saying the 388th Fighter Wing and the associated 419th Reserve Wing have the requisite number of planes (15 versus the six necessary), maintainers, and trained pilots—and have demonstrated their capabilities in realistic exercises—such that he is “comfortable” sending the fighters anywhere that a regional combatant commander asks for them. Continue reading