In addition, aircrews flying older fighter jets will have the opportunity to refine their operations alongside the F-35, preparing pilots to operate in a joint environment, the release explained.
"The Air Force, Navy and Marines are all flying the same aircraft," Red Flag Air Expeditionary Wing Vice Commander Col. Ryan Suttlemyre said in the release. "Because of our interaction at Red Flag, when we start presenting forces and deploying F-35s, planners will understand how to employ these aircraft, regardless of which command they are a part of."
On Thursday, Seven F-35A Lightning II — the Air Force model — departed from an Air Force base in the US state of Florida to participate in the exercise, according to the release.
Different versions of the F-35 are being built to specifications required by Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps pilots, usually designated with the letters "A," "B," and "C" denoting conventional takeoff and landing, short takeoff/vertical landing and the aircraft carrier variant.