In early February, an Italian air force test pilot made history by becoming the first aviator to cross the Atlantic at the controls of a Lockheed Martin F-35. Identified by the service as Maj Gianmarco, he delivered the service’s first of the fifth-generation type – built at a national final assembly and checkout facility inside Cameri air base – to NAS Patuxent River in Maryland. The Lightning II is now undergoing electromagnetic testing, after which it will support Italian pilot training at Luke AFB in Arizona.
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