Only hours after landing in Israel, F-35 jets took off for their first sortie, escorted by F-16I fighters.
Upon the completion of the ceremony that marked their arrival to Israel, the new fighters were taken to the Hardened Aircraft Shelter in which technical personnel prepared them for flight.
A press release added:
“Assisted by American technicians from “Lockheed Martin” and the USAF, the Israeli technical crew approached the new aircraft for the first time.”
Maj. Roei, ‘Golden Eagle’ Squadron’s technical officer said:
“We checked the aircraft and did everything we could in order to confirm their fitness throughout the night. This morning, our men woke up to a new day and a new era.
“It is a pleasure having the aircraft here after a long period of preparing the base for it. We tested the procedures we decided upon ahead of time and understood what we should preserve and what we should change. These tests are the essence of establishment teams.
We will continue experimenting with different procedures and changing them as we go along in the near future, in order to adapt the jets to us and us to the jets.”