U.S. F-35 tracked online while flying a mission near the Ukrainian border

At least one U.S. F-35 Lightning II from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, flew a mission over southeastern Poland, near the Ukrainian border.

The 5th generation aircraft was tracked online on ADSBExchange.com, one of the websites currently used to track flights.

U.S. F-35 tracked online while flying a mission near the Ukrainian border
The track of the F-35A on Feb. 27, 2022. (Image credit: ADSBExchange.com)

The F-35s at Spangdahlem is the U.S. Lightning II belonging to the 34th Fighter Squadron, from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. had arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base on Feb. 16, 2022.

Overall, 12 F-35s from the 388th FW and 419th FW, that collectively are the USAF’s first combat-coded unit flying the Lightning II, deployed to Europe.

Six have been forward deployed to Estonia’s Amari Air Base, Lithuania’s Siauliai Air Base, and Romania’s Fetesti Air Base (two F-35s for each of these forward operating locations) and six have remained at Spangdahlem AB.

One of those still operating from Germany carried out the mission to Eastern Europe that could be tracked online.

See more details: The Aviationist

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