New F-35 Makes Debut at July 4 Flyover

Jul 1, 2017

Credit Hill Air Force Base

July Fourth goes "Next Gen" this year. For the first time, pilots from the 419th Fighter Wing will perform Independence Day flyovers in the Air Force’s newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II.

he Air Force Reserve unit at Hill Air Force Base had previously flown over Independence Day celebrations in the iconic F-16 Fighting Falcon for the last 30 years. The Hill’s F-16s are being phased out and transferred to other base and the F-35 will now be the “face” of northern Utah July Fourth celebrations.

Hill received the F-35A in September 2015 and will be home to three fighter squadrons with a total of 78 aircraft by the end of 2019. Hill’s fleet of F-16 aircraft are slated to depart Hill AFB this fall.

Two of the jets will make their debut over more than a dozen cities, including Park City. The flyover for Park City will be between 10:30 and 10:45.