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Kristin “BEO” Wolfe: First Woman F-35 Demo Pilot Announced

The US Air Force announced Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe as its newest F-35A Lightning II demo pilot. Wolfe previously flew the F-22 Raptor, and has over 800 flight hours in fifth-generation stealth aircraft. She is the first woman selected to represent the United States and the US Air Force worldwide as an F-35 demo pilot.

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F-35A Red Flag 2020 Night Operations (Photos)

The first Red Flag air combat exercise for 2020 officially wrapped up Friday, Feb. 14. As visiting aircraft make their way home, some great images are coming out from the Air Force showcasing just how impressive the F-35A’s operations are to behold.

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F-35 First Combat Aerial Refueling

An Airman piloting an F-35A Lightning II completes aerial refueling courtesy of Airmen from the 28th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron aboard a KC-135R Stratotanker, April 26, 2019 over an undisclosed location. The F-35 is on its first deployment to the Middle East as part of the inaugural demonstration of the fighter’s next generation combat capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

An Airman piloting an F-35A Lightning II completes aerial refueling courtesy of Airmen from the 28th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron aboard a KC-135R Stratotanker, April 26, 2019 over an undisclosed location. The F-35 is on its first deployment to the Middle East as part of the inaugural demonstration of the fighter’s next generation combat capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

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36 F-35s on One Runway

Pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings taxi F-35As on the runway in preparation for a combat power exercise Nov. 19, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. During the exercise wings confirmed their ability to employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, demonstrating the readiness and lethality of the F-35 Lightning II. As the first combat-ready F-35 units in the Air Force, the 388th and 419th FWs are ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Fuchs)

Pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings taxi F-35As on the runway in preparation for a combat power exercise Nov. 19, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. During the exercise wings confirmed their ability to employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, demonstrating the readiness and lethality of the F-35 Lightning II. As the first combat-ready F-35 units in the Air Force, the 388th and 419th FWs are ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Fuchs)

Pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings taxi F-35As on the runway in preparation for a combat power exercise Nov. 19, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. During the exercise wings confirmed their ability to employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, demonstrating the readiness and lethality of the F-35 Lightning II. As the first combat-ready F-35 units in the Air Force, the 388th and 419th FWs are ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Fuchs)

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First Ever F-35 Elephant Walk

Pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings taxi F-35As on the runway in preparation for a combat power exercise Nov. 19, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. During the exercise, the wings confirmed their ability to employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, demonstrating the readiness and lethality of the F-35 Lightning II. As the first combat-ready F-35 units in the Air Force, the 388th and 419th FWs are ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings taxi F-35As on the runway in preparation for a combat power exercise Nov. 19, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. During the exercise, the wings confirmed their ability to employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, demonstrating the readiness and lethality of the F-35 Lightning II. As the first combat-ready F-35 units in the Air Force, the 388th and 419th FWs are ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings taxi F-35As on the runway in preparation for a combat power exercise Nov. 19, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. During the exercise, the wings confirmed their ability to employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, demonstrating the readiness and lethality of the F-35 Lightning II. As the first combat-ready F-35 units in the Air Force, the 388th and 419th FWs are ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

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F-35B Ski-Jump Takeoff Close-Up

Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Michael Lippert, both F-35 Pax River ITF test pilots, conduct ski jumps and field carrier landing practices with F-35Bs on Aug. 28, 2018, at NAS Patuxent River as part of the workups for the First of Class Flight Trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Around 200 supporting staff from the ITF, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts, will take two F-35Bs test aircraft aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth this fall to evaluate the fifth-generation aircraft performance and integration with Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. This fixed wing test period brings the U.K. one step closer to carrier strike capabilities.

Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Michael Lippert, both F-35 Pax River ITF test pilots, conduct ski jumps and field carrier landing practices with F-35Bs on Aug. 28, 2018, at NAS Patuxent River as part of the workups for the First of Class Flight Trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Around 200 supporting staff from the ITF, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts, will take two F-35Bs test aircraft aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth this fall to evaluate the fifth-generation aircraft performance and integration with Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. This fixed wing test period brings the U.K. one step closer to carrier strike capabilities.

Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Michael Lippert, both F-35 Pax River ITF test pilots, conduct ski jumps and field carrier landing practices with F-35Bs on Aug. 28, 2018, at NAS Patuxent River as part of the workups for the First of Class Flight Trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Around 200 supporting staff from the ITF, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts, will take two F-35Bs test aircraft aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth this fall to evaluate the fifth-generation aircraft performance and integration with Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. This fixed wing test period brings the U.K. one step closer to carrier strike capabilities.

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F-35 Edging the Speed of Sound

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot performs a high-speed pass in an F-35A Lightning II during the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 18, 2018. The F-35A Lightning II is equipped with the largest single engine motor out of any fighter aircraft and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 1,200 miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot performs a high-speed pass in an F-35A Lightning II during the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 18, 2018. The F-35A Lightning II is equipped with the largest single engine motor out of any fighter aircraft and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 1,200 miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot performs a high-speed pass in an F-35A Lightning II during the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 18, 2018. The F-35A Lightning II is equipped with the largest single engine motor out of any fighter aircraft and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 1,200 miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

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USAF F-35 Breaking Off Over Hill AFB

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flies over the base and the surrounding area on Feb 14, 2018. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flies over the base and the surrounding area on Feb 14, 2018. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flies over the base and the surrounding area on Feb 14, 2018. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

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F-35 Showing Off

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot pulls a tactical pitch in an F-35A Lightning II during the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 18, 2018. The F-35 HFT’s performance consisted of multiple aerial maneuvers to include the verticle climb, high-speed pass, and tactical pitch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot pulls a tactical pitch in an F-35A Lightning II during the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 18, 2018. The F-35 HFT’s performance consisted of multiple aerial maneuvers to include the verticle climb, high-speed pass, and tactical pitch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team commander and pilot pulls a tactical pitch in an F-35A Lightning II during the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 18, 2018. The F-35 HFT’s performance consisted of multiple aerial maneuvers to include the verticle climb, high-speed pass, and tactical pitch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

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F-35 Lightning II with WWII-era Mustang & Spitfire

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, P-51D Mustang and VS Spitfire perform a USAF heritage flight during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom (UK) on July 14, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, P-51D Mustang and VS Spitfire perform a USAF heritage flight during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom (UK) on July 14, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, P-51D Mustang and VS Spitfire perform a USAF heritage flight during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom (UK) on July 14, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the United States’ ever-strong alliance with the UK. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Brian Kimball)

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F-35A Lightning II Over Lake Michigan

An F-35A Lightning II flies over the Grand Traverse Bay July 1, 2018, at Traverse City, Mich. The National Cherry Festival Air Show welcomed the Navy Blue Angels demonstration team at the Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich. and presented an open ramp static display of several different aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Savannah Stephens)

An F-35A Lightning II flies over the Grand Traverse Bay July 1, 2018, at Traverse City, Mich. The National Cherry Festival Air Show welcomed the Navy Blue Angels demonstration team at the Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich. and presented an open ramp static display of several different aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Savannah Stephens)

An F-35A Lightning II flies over the Grand Traverse Bay July 1, 2018, at Traverse City, Mich. The National Cherry Festival Air Show welcomed the Navy Blue Angels demonstration team at the Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich. and presented an open ramp static display of several different aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Savannah Stephens)

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F-35 Firing Missile At QF-16 Drone

F-35A Lightning II test aircraft assigned to the 31st Test Evaluation Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., released AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X missiles at QF-16 targets during a live-fire test over an Air Force range in the Gulf of Mexico on June 12, 2018. The Joint Operational Test Team conducted the missions as part of Block 3F Initial Operational Test and Evaluation.

F-35A Lightning II test aircraft assigned to the 31st Test Evaluation Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., released AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X missiles at QF-16 targets during a live-fire test over an Air Force range in the Gulf of Mexico on June 12, 2018. The Joint Operational Test Team conducted the missions as part of Block 3F Initial Operational Test and Evaluation.

F-35A Lightning II test aircraft assigned to the 31st Test Evaluation Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., released AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X missiles at QF-16 targets during a live-fire test over an Air Force range in the Gulf of Mexico on June 12, 2018. The Joint Operational Test Team conducted the missions as part of Block 3F Initial Operational Test and Evaluation.