Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lightning II

Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lightning II


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The Marine Corps' fifth generation fighter, the F-35B Lightning II, made its first flight at Eglin Air Force Base recently signaling the start of the next era of Marine Aviation. This page houses content created by the Department of Defense about the F-35B since October 2008.

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2014 Yuma Air Show 2014 Yuma Air Show
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, hosts the 2014 Yuma Air Show March 14 and 15. Aerial performers lit up the night sky with fireworks and sparklers, Friday...
Schofield Ship Ops Schofield Ship Ops
Developmental Testing phase II (DT-II) of the F-35B Lightning II jet is being conducted aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1). DT-II is a collaborative effort among the Navy,...
Daytime Ship Ops Daytime Ship Ops
Developmental Testing phase II (DT-II) of the F-35B Lightning II jet is being conducted aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1). DT-II is a collaborative effort among the Navy,...
First Night Landing First Night Landing
Developmental Testing phase II (DT-II) of the F-35B Lightning II jet is being conducted aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1). DT-II is a collaborative effort among the Navy,...
2013 Miramar Air Show: F-35 spot 2013 Miramar Air Show: F-35 spot
The F-35 is coming to town. See it in person at the 2013 Miramar Air Show. Also available in high definition.
USS WASP DT-II Twilight USS WASP DT-II Twilight
Developmental Testing phase II (DT-II) of the F-35B Lightning II jet is being conducted aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1). DT-II is a collaborative effort among the Navy,...
MCAS Beaufort F-35B Showcase MCAS Beaufort F-35B Showcase
On 20 August 2013, Marine Aircraft Group 31 hosted a showcase of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC. During the event, MajGen...
Four F-35B Aircraft Taking Off Four F-35B Aircraft Taking Off
Four F-35B Joint Strike Fighters Lighting II take-off from the flight line of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Aug. 16.
F-35B Hot Refuel at MCAS Miramar F-35B Hot Refuel at MCAS Miramar
Two U.S. Marine F-35B Lightning II jets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, Marine Air Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), conduct a training flight...
F-35B Hot Refuel at MCAS Miramar Interview F-35B Hot Refuel at MCAS Miramar Interview
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Marisie with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar gives an interview about two F-35B...
F-35 Lands at MCAS Miramar F-35 Lands at MCAS Miramar
The F-35B Lightning II landed at MCAS Miramar for the first time, July 30. The Lightning II is a 5th generation stealth fighter capable of short take offs and...
F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducted its first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air...

1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin 1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin
Heat pulses off the flightline as Royal Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, taxis a Marine F-35B Lightning II toward the runway for the first short...
1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin 1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin
Royal Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, lifts off in a Marine F-35B Lightning II for the first short take-off and vertical landing sortie by a United...
1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin 1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin
Royal Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, hovers over the runway in a Marine F-35B Lightning II during the first short take-off and vertical landing sortie...
1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin 1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin
Royal Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, moves his Marine F-35B Lightning II in for refueling after the first short take-off and vertical landing sortie...
1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin 1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin
Royal Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, taxies his Marine F-35B Lightning II in after completing the first short take-off and vertical landing sortie by...
1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin 1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin
Royal Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, lifts off in a Marine F-35B Lightning II for the first short take-off and vertical landing sortie by a United...
1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin 1st UK STOVL flight at Eglin
Royal Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, hovers over the landing pad in a Marine F-35B Lightning II during the first short take-off and vertical landing...
Lightning flightline Lightning flightline
A 33rd Fighter Wing maintainer performs post flight checks on an F-35A Lightning II after a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Lightning flightline Lightning flightline
A 33rd Fighter Wing F-35A Lightning II taxis back after a sortie as another F-35 lifts off from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Lightning flightline Lightning flightline
A 33rd Fighter Wing pilot brings in an F-35A Lightning II for refueling after a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Dutch F-35 flies for first time Dutch F-35 flies for first time
Maj. Laurens Vijge, a Royal Netherlands Air Force pilot, dresses in his life support equipment prior to his first flight in the F-35A Lightning II Dec. 18 at Eglin...
Dutch F-35 flies for first time Dutch F-35 flies for first time
Maj. Laurens Vijge, a Royal Netherlands Air Force pilot, and Lt. Col. Matt Renbarger, the 58th Fighter Squadron commander, receive their preflight briefing Dec. 18 at...

First Dutch F-35 Pilot Takes to Skies First Dutch F-35 Pilot Takes to Skies
The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies here in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation...
Marines fly first F-35 STOVL mission at Eglin Marines fly first F-35 STOVL mission at Eglin
The 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II program reached a new milestone when Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 completed its first short take-off...
MCAS Beaufort F-35 Showcase
Marines and distinguished guest experience the F-35 first-hand.

Maj. Lieberman
Maj. Lieberman talks to reporters from Airplane Geeks about his background as an aviator in the Marine Corps, becoming an instructor and leading the F-35B training...