Daily Mail: U.S. Air Force performs huge show of strength with 52 fully-armed F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters – the same number of Iranian targets Trump has announced – taking off in a single wave from Utah base
* 52 F-35A aircraft, worth $4.2 billion, took off in quick succession from the Hill Air Force Base in Utah Monday
* 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings said it showed the ability to field large number of the stealth fighters
* F-35 Lightning II – which cost $1.5trillion to develop – is billed as the most advanced fighter jet ever flown
* 52 represents the number of Americans seized during the 1979 hostage crisis, and also the number of targets that Trump has threatened to strike in Iran if the regime retaliates over the killing of General Soleimani
The U.S. Air Force has performed a huge show of strength by launching 52 fully-armed Lightning II stealth fighters in a single wave from a base in Utah.
The F-35A aircraft, which are worth a total of $4.2 billion, took off in quick succession from the Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Monday as tensions mount in the Middle East over the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Fifty two is the number of American diplomats and civilians seized by Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis, and the number of targets that Trump has threatened to strike in Iran if the regime retaliates over Soleimani’s death.
The exercise was carried out by the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings, which said it showed the Air Force’s ability to deploy a large force of the F-35As.
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Hill Conducts Massive F-35 Elephant Walk — Air Force Magazine
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The Air Force just put on a combat power exercise with 52 F-35 stealth fighters — Business Insider/Task & Purpose
52 Stealth Fighter Jets Elephant Walk In Show Of Force Amid Threats Of War — Zero Hedge