DoD report: Value of F-35 student training is limited (DOCUMENT)

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

Even so, Toth is optimistic, especially with the commitment of the men and women working on the program at Eglin.

The first official class of Air Force pilots has completed academic training and is starting flight tests. Another class started this month.

All three branches hope to put more than 50 pilots through training by the end of the fiscal year, Toth said.

More than 600 maintainers already have been trained, and that number should more than double this year, he said.

Toth said 19 sorties were launched Wednesday, the most in one day at Eglin.

“This program continues to grow on a daily basis and it’s all a credit to all of our maintainers and pilots that are making this happen,” he said.

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Lauren Sage Reinlie at 850-315-4443 or Follow her on Twitter @LaurenRnwfdn.

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