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The Marine Corps welcomed its first operational F-35B aircraft, the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 Lightning II also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Friday, Nov. 16. The F-35B, one of three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter, is a tactical fixed-wing aircraft that is to be the replacement for aging jets within the Marine Corps. 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing's first F-35 squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, is based at MCAS Yuma and is the first operational F-35 squadron in the Marine Corps and the Department of Defense. Marine F-35B pilot Maj. Aric Liberman delivered the first F-35B, BF-19, to MCAS Yuma at 1:05 p.m. MST. This aircraft will be used to conduct a full spectrum of aviation operations in support of combat missions and maritime readiness worldwide.


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This work, Marine Corps Welcomes First F-35B Aircraft to Yuma, Ariz., by Cpl Zachary Scanlon, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.16.2012

Date Posted:11.16.2012 9:21PM

Category:B-Roll

Video ID:191080

VIRIN:121116-M-TH017-001

Filename:DOD_100647663

Length:00:02:16

Location:YUMA, AZ, USGlobe

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