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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft refuels beneath a KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, on April 28, 2017. According to reports on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, Germany is set to receive the first batch of its F-35 fighter jets in 2026.

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft refuels beneath a KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, on April 28, 2017. According to reports on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, Germany is set to receive the first batch of its F-35 fighter jets in 2026. (Kate Thornton/U.S. Air Force )

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