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ANALYSIS: Italy's swing-role Typhoons fly high at Red Flag

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In early February, an Italian air force test pilot made history by becoming the first aviator to cross the Atlantic at the controls of a Lockheed Martin F-35. Identified by the service as Maj Gianmarco, he delivered the service s first of the fifth-generation type built at a national final assembly and checkout facility inside Cameri air base to NAS Patuxent River in Maryland. The Lightning II is now undergoing electromagnetic testing, after which it will support Italian pilot training at Luke AFB in Arizona.

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