The US Air Force (USAF) has officially unveiled the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, US.

Air Education and Training Command commander General Edward Rice said the F-35 brings advanced technological capabilities for the future and US’s defence.

The USAF will continue to receive the aircraft until the F-35 capabilities reach their full potential for the interest of US national security.

“This is indeed a new era,” Rice added.

33rd FW commander Colonel Andrew Toth said during the past two years, Eglin has been transformed into the Department of Defense’s F-35 integrated training centre where maintainers are expected to train alongside pilots in operating the fifth-generation stealth fighter.

“With the F-35 programme, we foresee air dominance for our services and partner nations for the next 30 to 50 years,” Toth added.