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The Department of Defense's newest fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, touches down at Eglin AFB in Florida on April 22. This first visit to Eglin, the future home of the JSF training facility, was to showcase the aircraft to the local community. (USAF / Airman Anthony Jennings)

Goodwill Mission

To residents of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Joint Strike Fighter says “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

Richard P. Hallion, former Air Force historian, is an Air & Space contributing editor.

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