Former 188th pilot blazes trail for Guard in F-35

Major Jay Spohn poses for a portrait at Eglin Air Force Base’s 33rd Fighter Wing in front of the F-35A Lightning II bearing his name, after he was the first Guard member to fly the F-35. Spohn is a former pilot with the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard. He finished his last of six flights Aug. 3 to become a part of aviation history. He transitioned to the Florida National Guard following his selection as the Guard’s first F-35 aviator. He is now embedded in the 33d Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base where he is responsible for training up the fighter pilots who will fly the fifth-generation F-35 and will carry the U.S. Air Force into the next 50 years of air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Randall Efferson)

PHOTO BY: Lt. Col. Randall Efferson
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