F-35A Lightning II jets from Hill to make flyover of Utah on July 3

Jul 2, 2021, 10:17 AM
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FILE -- An F-35 Lightning II, assigned to Hill Air Force Bases 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing, approaches a KC-135R Stratotanker, assigned to the Utah Air National Guard’s 151st Air Refueling Wing during an exercise on January 6, 2020. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. John Winn

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Four F-35A Lightning II jets from Hill Air Force Base will perform a flyover in formation over cities across the Wasatch Front on Saturday morning, July 3, 2021.

Pilots from the base will take off at 9 am on Saturday, make passes in formation over Clearfield, Henefer, Millcreek, Morgan, Murray, North Salt Lake, Park City, Riverton, Salt Lake City, Vernal, West Jordan, and end over West Point around 11 a.m.

Read more: Heart of Utah: F-35 Demo Team Commander Maj. Kristin BEO Wolfe

“It’s a real honor to fly this aircraft over Utah,” said Maj. Michael “Bambi” Oldenborg, a pilot with the 466th Fighter Squadron. “We look forward to flying over the Salt Lake Valley in support of the celebration of America, and we’re proud to represent the Air Force Reserve.”

Maj. Oldenborg will be joined in the sky by reserve pilots Maj. Kyle “Moose” Crosby, Maj. Casey “Shotgun” Smergut, and Maj. Justin “Loco” Cleveland from the 466th Fighter Squadron.

They won’t be the only jets in the sky though. Hill says another flyover by Capt. Kenneth “Bone” Skelton and Capt. Brendan “Nada” Moran from the 34th Fighter Squadron will take place over Provo’s Stadium of Fire.

“We never have trouble getting Airmen to come in on their holiday weekend to work these flyovers,” Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Hartman, who is the 419th Maintenance Group superintendent said. “They understand the patriotism of it all, so there’s a lot of enthusiasm for this event.”

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F-35A Lightning II jets from Hill to make flyover of Utah on July 3