An F-35 Lightning was loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster for the first time by the US Air Force 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
This was the first-ever F-35 wing removal and shipment via air transport.
The $200,000 four-year project culminated in the transport of the aircraft to Hill AFB, Utah. There it will become the Air Force’s first F-35 aircraft battle damage trainer.
The F-35 Lightning is referred to as a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth capabilities with fighter aircraft speed and agility, fully-fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced logistics and sustainment, say the manufacturers.
The C-17 Globemaster III is a long range, heavy-lift strategic transport aircraft that can operate close to a potential area of operations for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions worldwide, according to the RAF.