Hill Air Force Base Executes The Mother Of All Elephant Walks With 52 F-35s
The huge display of sortie generation capability comes as the base's F-35 force reaches full capacity after transitioning to the F-35 years ago
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January 7, 2020 - by TYLER ROGOWAY for thedrive.com
The 388th and 419th Fighter Wings that call Hill Air Force Base in Utah home have just executed a massive readiness drill that included an 'elephant walk' of a whopping 52 F-35As.
The exercise coincides with the wings reaching full strength following the transition to the F-35A, a process that began years ago.
The elephant walk and the massive number of flights that usually go along with it are all about sortie generation and displaying a level of readiness that could be leveraged during a full-blown crisis.
Both wings held a similar exercise in November of 2018 with 35 aircraft, which was highly impressive, but 52 is a whole other story.
Just the amount of hardware on the runway in terms of billions of dollars is staggering...
Great shots of our @thef35 exercise today! Story: https://t.co/GQLyYnGaV2
📷: @usairforce photos by R. Nial Bradshaw pic.twitter.com/aUpfkhYxqK
— 419th Fighter Wing (@419fw) January 6, 2020
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