Photo Gallery | Nellis Puts New Fighter Jets on Display
Nellis Air Force Base is showing off its new fighter jets. The new F-35A jets arrived two weeks ago. A ceremony Tuesday officially marked the fighter jets' new home.
Each jet costs an estimated $80 million. Nellis is one of the first bases to get them. It took approximately five years for the base to acquire the jets, but Nellis officials say the planes are the future of the Air Force and will be here to stay for the next 40 years.
These new planes differ from the famous F-22 jets. While both planes feature stealth capabilities, the F-35 is designed to attack targets both in the air and on the ground. The F-22's primary role is as an air superiority fighter.
The new planes have stealth features, allowing them to hide from enemy radar. Military officials say the stealth capabilities are the best the world has ever seen.
The base expects to eventually have 36 jets which will be used for developmental testing to make sure they perform as advertised.