The US Air Force in Europe this week brought together about 50 senior officials and planners from eight nations, all with a stake in the F-35.
According to a press release:
“The two-day forum on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter served to promote cooperation among the U.S. and its European counterparts that are already flying the plane or plan to do so.
The goal was to share lessons learned and build common approaches that will support integrated flying operations in Europe in the future.”
Gen. Tod Wolters, USAFE and Air Forces Africa commander said:
“We have to find a way to nest it all together. At the end of the day, if we can say this is something that we’re fusing into the system … we’re in a great place.”
The forum was the first of its kind in Europe, officials said. It followed a similar conference held in March in the Pacific, where Japan, South Korea and Australia have all purchased the F-35.
Joining the US at the European forum were Israel, Italy, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Turkey. Those nations have all purchased the aircraft.