The technical crews that will soon maintain the advanced stealth fighter have just completed their theoretical training. As a part of a series of test flights performed by “Lockheed Martin”, “Adir” technical crews will travel to the United States in November in order to gain practical experience in sending the jet out to a sortie and receiving it
Technical personnel, enlisted and career members of the IAF’s technical division, who will soon maintain the “Adir” (F-35I) will travel to the “Lockheed Martin” facility in Fort Worth, Texas, in order to participate in the test flights performed by the manufacturer.
The IAF has decided to utilize the opportunity presented by the “Lockheed Martin” test flights and sent representatives from the “Golden Eagle” Squadron (the first “Adir” Squadron) to participate in these flights.
Last month, the squadron’s technical personnel completed their theoretical training in the United States and the widespread perception in the IAF until recently was that the technical crews will physically work on the jets only after they land in Israel. The new decision will allow the technicians to become closely acquainted with the aircraft and gain practical experience.
“The technical personnel participated in theoretical courses because our jets will arrive in Israel immediately upon leaving the production line, so policy wise, they couldn’t work on the jets that do not belong to the IAF”, explained Col. Ezer, Head of the Aircraft Plans Department in the Material Directorate. “As part of the risk minimization process, we decided to seize the opportunity and received the necessary approvals to send technical crews to send out a sortie in Fort Worth, before the jets land in Israel”.
In addition, the technical personnel and aircrews who are also currently undergoing conversion training in the USA will visit “Hill” AFB in order to get an up close look at the daily routine of the first operational F-35 squadron in the world and learn from their experience.
Upon completing the final stages of the primary training process, everyone looks forward to what we in the IAF call “Day 1”, when the first two “Adir” jets land in Nevatim AFB. The aspiration is that by the day after, the first sortie will take off. Col. Ezer added: “The arrival of the crews indicates the end of the air crews’ training process who will return from the USA in November and by doing so complete the training period in preparation for ‘Day 1′”.