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F-35A demo team to shift from Arizona base to Utah

A F-35A Lightning II takes off at Hill Air Force Base during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings' combat power exercise where they launched 35 F-35A Lightning IIs within a condensed period of time in Ogden on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Photo: Steve Griffin, Deseret News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) — The Air Force is moving its demonstration team for the F-35A fighter to Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah from Luke Air Force Base in metro Phoenix.

The single-jet demonstration team conducts flights at airshows to display the capabilities of the F-35A, a relatively new aircraft now entering operational service in significant numbers.

Officials said the team will be assigned to Hill beginning with the 2020 airshow season when it will conduct approximately 20 performances between March and November.

Hill is an Air Combat Command base that is home to two fighter wings whose pilots fly the F-35A while Luke is an Air Education and Training Command base where pilots are learning how to fly the aircraft.