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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Inaugural F-35B Ski Jump Launch Makes History Inaugural F-35B Ski Jump Launch Makes History
The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first-ever ski jump of an F-35B Lightning II short...
Inaugural F-35 Weapons Separation of Paveway IV Precision-Guided Bomb Inaugural F-35 Weapons Separation of Paveway IV...
The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first weapons separation test of the UK’s Paveway...
OT-1, F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter OT-1, F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter
The operational testing (OT-1) of the F-35B evaluated and assessed the integration of the F-35B into Marine Corps aviation while operating across different flight,...
F-35B Lightening II Joint Strike Fighters, Operational Testing 1 (OT-1) F-35B Lightening II Joint Strike Fighters,...
Six landed aboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1) May F-35B Lightening II Joint Strike Fighters187 for Operational Testing 1 (OT-1).
F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
Six aircraft arrived for the opening of OT-1 (first phase of operational testing) on May 18, 2015 aboard the USS Wasp. The six aircraft are from Marine Fighter...
F-35B OT-1 Testing Begins Aboard USS Wasp F-35B OT-1 Testing Begins Aboard USS Wasp
Six F-35B Lightning II's landed aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) May 18 for phase one of Operational Testing (OT-1).
VMFA-121 Conducts F-35B FCLP Training At MCAS Yuma VMFA-121 Conducts F-35B FCLP Training At MCAS Yuma
F-35B pilots, Maj. Aric Liberman (05 jet) and Capt. Brian Hansell (01 jet), with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,...
KC-130 Aerial Refueling F-35B KC-130 Aerial Refueling F-35B
Marines stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort observed a KC-130 aerial refueling of a F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, March 19, 2015. Marine...
2015 Yuma Airshow 2015 Yuma Airshow
The 2015 Yuma Airshow took place February 27th through 28th at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. The show highlighted performances by civilian and military...
2015 Yuma Air Show Performers 2015 Yuma Air Show Performers
The 2015 Yuma Air Show is slated to be held on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, flight line February 27-28. Performers include the Misty Blues all-female...
With the Gear: X-ray Helmet and Virtual F-35 With the Gear: X-ray Helmet and Virtual F-35
X-Ray helmets and F-35 simulators? What more could Marine pilots ask for? Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz takes us to Lockheed Martin's Fighter Demonstration Center to...
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 Marine graduates Air Force’s only F-35 intelligence course First Marine graduates Air Force’s only F-35...
Col. Christopher Niemi, 33rd Operations Group commander, presents U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Samuel Winsted, F-35B Lightning II intelligence officer, a graduation...
F-35B completes first ski jump launch F-35B completes first ski jump launch
The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first-ever ski jump of an F-35B Lightning II short...
F-35 Lightning II Ski Jump F-35 Lightning II Ski Jump
The joint U.S.-U.K. Pax River ITF test team successfully launched an F-35B Lightning II multi-role Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant from a...
F-35 Lightning II Ski Jump F-35 Lightning II Ski Jump
The Pax River ITF conducts the first-ever ski jump of an F-35 Lightning II during flight 298 of aircraft BF-04 aboard NAS Patuxent River June 19, 2015. The...
First Marine graduates Air Force’s only F-35 intelligence course First Marine graduates Air Force’s only F-35...
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Samuel Winsted, F-35B Lightning II intelligence officer, provides a mock intelligence briefing to two instructors during the F-35...
F-35B Aces First Release of a UK Paveway IV Bomb F-35B Aces First Release of a UK Paveway IV Bomb
The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first weapons separation test of the UK’s Paveway...
VMFAT-501 completes OT-1 on ship VMFAT-501 completes OT-1 on ship
An F-35B Lightning II takes off on the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1) during routine daylight operations, as part of Operational Testing 1, May 22. Data and lessons...
VMFAT-501 completes OT-1 VMFAT-501 completes OT-1
A pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 taxies an F-35B Lightning II after returning from the first operational test of the F-35B on board the USS...
VMFAT-501 completes OT-1 on ship VMFAT-501 completes OT-1 on ship
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 taxies after returning from the USS Wasp as part of Operational Testing 1, May 22. The purpose...
Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea
Marines load ordnance onto an F-35B Lightning II during Operational Testing 1 aboard USS Wasp at sea, May 27. Marines and sailors have been working together since May...
Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea
Marines load ordnance onto an F-35B Lightning II during Operational Testing 1 aboard USS Wasp at sea, May 27. Marines and sailors have been working together since May...
Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea
Marines load ordnance onto an F-35B Lightning II during Operational Testing 1 aboard USS Wasp at sea, May 27. Marines and sailors have been working together since May...

Marines on target with F-35 live-weapons release Marines on target with F-35 live-weapons release
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, also known as the “Green Knights,” conducted the first F-35B operational ordnance expenditures, June 22 to 26.
First Marine graduates Air Force’s only F-35 intelligence course First Marine graduates Air Force’s only F-35...
The first U.S. Marine Corps officer graduated the Air Force’s only F-35 Lightning II Intelligence Formal Training Unit course, June 24, on Eglin Air Force Base,...
F-35B completes first ski jump launch F-35B completes first ski jump launch
An F-35B Lightning II completed the first ramp-assisted short take off to test the aircraft’s compatibility with British and Italian aircraft carriers.

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...