Building the Future: F-35s at Tyndall
November 07, 2023
“The arrival of the F-35 marks a new chapter for Tyndall,” said Col. George Watkins, 325th Fighter Wing commander, when the first three aircraft touched down in August. “It represents the introduction of the most advanced and technologically sophisticated fighter aircraft into the 325th Fighter Wing’s operational fleet.”
"It's been incredible," said Watkins during the Nov. 6 arrival ceremony. "It's been pretty exciting to get the planes off the ground and get the pilots into training."
More than 70 F-35s are slated to join the unit, which is transitioning into a combat-capable F-35A fighter wing.
Tyndall’s location makes it an ideal F-35 training and operational hub, shaping the future of air warfare. The base’s own future was less certain just five years ago, when Hurricane Michael devastated the site.