Nellis Air Force Base
Operational Test and Evaluation
Nellis Air Force Base, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the first bases to conduct operational tests on the F-35 Lightning II.
At the base, the flight team provides developmental test support, drives development evaluation and supports the initial operational test and evaluation program. Information from these assessments will help teams establish how the F-35A will be used in an operational environment. Operational Test is also underway at Edwards AFB.
The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron will design the tactics the F-35 is going to use in air-to-air and air-to surface combat. The squadron will also determine how to integrate the F-35 with other aircraft in the Air Force inventory.