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Air Force Sees Potential Combat Missions This Year for F-35

Bloomberg Government // June 15, 2016

Training, other deployments being considered after service declares up to 24 jets have initial combat capability, Col. David Chace, head of Air Force F-35 system management office, tells reporters.

“Where and when the airplane goes” depends on needs of combatant commanders": Chace

"There are no known technical issues that would prevent declaration of initial operational capability in window starting Aug. 1 and going through Dec.": Chace

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