F-35A in Bulgaria

Following a visit by a pair of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter jets to Estonia on April 25, 2017, another two F-35As from the 34th fighter squadron of the 388th fighter wing of the United States Air Force from the British Leikenhit air base on April 28 arrived from short-term demonstrative deployment in Bulgaria on the airfield Graf Ignatievo.
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Arriving at the Bulgarian airfield Graf Ignatievo with a brief demonstrative deployment of fifth-generation fighters Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II from the 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing of the US Air Force (US Air Force number 14-5094, AF-95 serial number, and US Air Force 14-5091, serial number AF-92). 04/28/2017 (c) Vasil Ivanov
The F-35A aircraft that arrived in Bulgaria had airborne numbers for the USAF 14-5094 (serial number AF-95; this aircraft was also in Estonia on April 25) and 14-5091 (serial number AF-92). The fighters arrived accompanied by a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker tanker aircraft (US Air Force number 62-3543) from the 459th aviation wing of the US Air Force reserve that departed from the British Mildenhall airbase. As during a visit to Estonia, the “link” of F-35A fighters that arrived in Bulgaria used the call sign “Conan 01 ″.
F-35A visits to Estonia and Bulgaria are made as part of the first deployment of this type of fighter in Europe, when eight F-35A aircraft from the 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force and the 466th Fighter Squadron of the 419th Fighter Squadron wing of the US Air Force reserve from Hill Hill arrived on April 15 at the Lekenheath base in Britain.
At the aerodrome Graf Ignatievo, the arriving F-35A pair was greeted by the entire leadership of Bulgaria, headed by the country's president Rumen Radev. In contrast to the one-day visit to the Estonian air base Emari, the F-35A couple stayed at Graf Ignatievo for only three hours, after which they flew back to the UK.
It should be noted that 12 American fighter jets Boeing F-15C Eagle from the 122nd fighter squadron of the 159th Louisiana Air Force fighters from the 122nd fighter squadron of the Air Force of Louisiana already arrived from the United States on the aerodrome of Graf Ignatievo.
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Arriving at the Bulgarian airfield Graf Ignatievo with a brief demonstrative deployment of fifth-generation fighters Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II from the 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing of the US Air Force (US Air Force number 14-5094, AF-95 serial number, and US Air Force 14-5091, serial number AF-92). 04/28/2017 (c) BTA







Arriving at the Bulgarian airfield Graf Ignatievo with a brief demonstrative deployment of fifth-generation fighters Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II from the 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing of the US Air Force (US Air Force number 14-5094, AF-95 serial number, and US Air Force 14-5091, serial number AF-92).

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