Joint Strike Fighter test pilot David Nelson gives Airman 1st Class Joseph Saucier, 96th Security Forces Squadron, a tour around the F-35, April 23 while it was parked in front of McKinley Climatic Lab on base. The aircraft’s first arrival at the base was to provide a showcase to Team Eglin and the local community. Media and local community leaders saw and heard the aircraft in action during the sortie as well as got an up close view of it. They were also shown a cockpit demo to see what it feels like to sit inside an F-35 and learn the pilot’s point of view. Nine countries and three U.S. services have orders for the new aircraft and they all will pass through Eglin to learn to fly it. The 33rd Fighter Wing will transition from an operational fighter unit into a joint training unit in October to educate and train the pilots. The first of new fighters are scheduled to arrive March 2010. U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.

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