The F-35 is optimized to be a multirole fighter, with the ability to perform air-to-air, air-to-ground and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions

The Need for Air Superiority

Maintaining air superiority is essential to preserving global security and stability. The F-35 is designed to defeat today’s most advanced threat systems both in the air and on the ground, as well as those expected to emerge in the decades to come.

The 127th Wing is a complete global-reaching warfighting package highly demanded by combatant commanders; the wing’s A-10s, KC-135s & support personnel Stand Ready to answer any mission call. With a history of flying fighter aircraft, and a supporting community that dates back 100 years, Selfridge ANGB “Stands Ready” for the F-35 Lightning aircraft. 107th Fighter Squadron The 107th was first organized as the 107th Aero Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas, on Aug. 27, 1917, in response to the U.S. entry into World War I earlier that year. The unit was demobilized and disbanded in March 1919, following the conclusion of the war. In 1925, a squadron of 20 officers and 90 enlisted men began meeting weekly in a Detroit garage and created the Michigan National Guard’s first flying unit.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries.

The Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft designed for many missions with advanced, integrated sensors built into every aircraft. Missions that were traditionally performed by small numbers of specialized aircraft, such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and electronic attack missions can now be executed by a squadron of F-35s, bringing new capabilities to many allied forces.

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What is a “5th Generation” Fighter?

A 5th Generation fighter has advanced stealth, exceptional agility and maneuverability, sensor and information fusion, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. 5th Generation technology provides greater survivability, situational awareness, and effectiveness for pilots, as well as improved readiness and lower support costs. As a true 5th Generation fighter, the F-35 has stealth designed in as part of the aircraft from the beginning.

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