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F-35A Lightning II fighter jets approach a KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, California, during a flight from England to the United States. (Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown/U.S. Air Force SJN/TNS)

Earlier this year, the United States Air Force started testing Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet to see if it could be used to support F-35A fighter jets in locations that are typically isolated.  

The 388th Fighter Wing’s Operations Support Squadron stated in a March 31 press release that the Air Force used Starlink “for the first time, cyber airmen used satellite and cellular internet capabilities to connect an F-35 Lightning II deployed debrief facility and looped back into the Air Force network’s ‘central point of entry’ for F-35 supply chain and logistics.”

A photo accompanying the press release showed a Starlink satellite dish.

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