The operational utility evaluation (OUE) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is proceeding smoothly at the US Air Force's Eglin AFB in Florida.

"From a 33rd Fighter Wing perspective, the Block 1A USAF OUE is going well, with no show-stoppers so far," says Col Andrew Toth, the unit's commander. "The students are currently going through academics and they started their normal operations simulators this week."


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Toth is also acting as one of the instructor pilots during the 65-day OUE, which is designed to evaluate the maturity of the F-35 and its training pipeline. There are four students undergoing F-35 training at the base, of those two are evaluators from the Joint Operational Test Team.

"The flying portion of the OUE is expected to start on 26 October," Toth says.

Meanwhile, Eglin received its 20th F-35 on 27 September, which was a US Marine Corps F-35B short take-off and vertical landing model jet.

Source: Flight International