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Avalon 2019: F-35 makes lightning start in Australia

26th February 2019 - 19:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Melbourne

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Two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are attending the Avalon Air Show. This pair of fighters is now permanently stationed at RAAF Base Williamtown, after reaching Australia and being allotted to No. 3 Squadron on 10 December 2018.

Two more JSFs will arrive in Australia in early April, and four more by the end of 2019. This will give a total of eight F-35As in country by year’s end, a figure that will reach 30 by the end of 2021.

An extra eight JSFs are in use with the multinational 61st Fighter

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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