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There's always some befuddlement when switching from the reliable and familiar. You get a new phone or laptop, there's a learning curve. A new car? You've got even more to come to grips with. Now imagine you're a fighter pilot, and after years of relying on a trusty aircraft to keep you alive, you're asked to try something new, that's notorious for its unreliability. That is a steep learning curve.

But it's one that Maj. Jayson Rickard is climbing. After years at the controls of an F-16, the Air Force reservist was the first in the 419th Fighter Squadron to transition to the new and controversial F-35 Lightning II. And now he's putting what that move is like into video, with an official spot for the Air Force.

Now yes, as an official document, there's a propaganda-ish slant to the entire vid, so there's not a single negative remark about the new fighter. But you still get some interesting insights into what the move from the F-16 to the F-35 is like, and how the two aircraft go about their business very differently.

Check out the video at the top of the page.

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