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...
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,...
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,...
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...

Station CO Tours MCAS Yuma with John McCain’s Staff Station CO Tours MCAS Yuma with John McCain’s Staff
Col. Ricardo Martinez, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and staff from Senator John McCain’s office take a tour around an F-35B...
Station CO Tours MCAS Yuma with John McCain’s Staff Station CO Tours MCAS Yuma with John McCain’s Staff
Col. Ricardo Martinez, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and staff from Senator John McCain’s office take a tour around an F-35B...
Station CO Tours MCAS Yuma with John McCain’s Staff Station CO Tours MCAS Yuma with John McCain’s Staff
Col. Ricardo Martinez, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and staff from Senator John McCain’s office pose in front of an F-35B...
Station CO Tours MCAS Yuma with John McCain’s Staff Station CO Tours MCAS Yuma with John McCain’s Staff
Col. Ricardo Martinez, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and staff from Senator John McCain’s office share a joke while in the ready...
First MCAS Beaufort F-35B STOVL landing First MCAS Beaufort F-35B STOVL landing
The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing was performed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug. 1. The landing was...
First MCAS Beaufort F-35B STOVL landing First MCAS Beaufort F-35B STOVL landing
The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing was performed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug. 1. The landing was...
First MCAS Beaufort F-35B STOVL landing First MCAS Beaufort F-35B STOVL landing
The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing was performed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug. 1. The landing was...
First MCAS Beaufort F-35B STOVL landing First MCAS Beaufort F-35B STOVL landing
The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing was performed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug. 1. The landing was...
First F-35B arrives in Beaufort First F-35B arrives in Beaufort
The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) lands aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort,...
First F-35B arrives in Beaufort First F-35B arrives in Beaufort
The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) lands aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort,...
First F-35B arrives in Beaufort First F-35B arrives in Beaufort
The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) lands aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort,...
First F-35B arrives in Beaufort First F-35B arrives in Beaufort
The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) lands aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort,...

Community-wide celebration welcomes Warlords to Beaufort Community-wide celebration welcomes Warlords to...
A ceremony was held in downtown Beaufort July 11, to welcome home Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501.
Warlords return to Fightertown Warlords return to Fightertown
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, July 11, and with it, the future of Marine Corps aviation. "July 11, 2014,...
33rd Fighter Wing surpasses 5,000 combined F-35 sorties 33rd Fighter Wing surpasses 5,000 combined F-35 sorties
The 33rd Fighter Wing etched another mark on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program May 28 by logging its 5,000th combined sortie in the F-35.

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...