Hill fighter wings to perform F-35 flyover over RSL vs. Austin FC this Saturday

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  • By 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings here will conduct an F-35A Lightning II flyover at America First Field, in Sandy, Utah on Saturday just before 7:30 p.m.

The flyover will take place prior to kickoff during a regular season soccer game between Real Salt Lake and Austin FC.

More than 40 maintainers and support personnel from the 388th and 419th FWs are working this weekend to make the flyover a success.

Residents in the Salt Lake Metro area and Utah Valley should prepare for jets to be much closer than usual flying operations, as jets are planned to fly 1,000 feet above the stadium.  

The 419th FW is the first Air Force Reserve unit to fly and deploy with the operational F-35A. The 419th and 388th at Hill AFB fly and maintain a fleet of 78 jets in a Total Force partnership, which capitalizes on the strength of both the active duty and reserve components.

For residents of Utah who are interested in becoming a Citizen Airmen, please reach out to the local reserve recruiting office at 801-777-3330. For those in Montana or Idaho who are interested, please complete a contact request form at www.afreserve.com.

About the 419th Fighter Wing

The 419th FW is made up of nearly 1,300 personnel. These “Citizen Airmen” serve part time in the military, but are fulltime members of the local community. Most live, work, and raise families in Northern Utah. 419th FW members regularly volunteer to deploy in support of contingency operations and humanitarian efforts around the world. The 419th FW offers a diverse range of combat capability to include F-35 operations and maintenance, as well as full-spectrum mission support such as civil engineering, security forces, medical, aerial port, firefighting, supply, and transportation. The 419th FW was the first Air Force Reserve unit to fly the F-35A Lightning II alongside the active-duty 388th FW at Hill AFB.