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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MCAS Miramar Hosts Media Day MCAS Miramar Hosts Media Day
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar public affairs hosted a media day aboard MCAS Miramar, California, July 29. San Diego news outlets visited several areas of the...
F-35B in Beaufort: One year anniversary F-35B in Beaufort: One year anniversary
July 17, 2015 marks the one year anniversary of the F-35B Lightning II’s arrival to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
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...
Hill AFB F-35b Arrival Hill AFB F-35b Arrival
The F-35b has come to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for the first time.
Hill AFB F-35b Arrival Hill AFB F-35b Arrival
This is the first time the F-35b has landed on Hill Air Force Base.
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,...
Maximizing the Marine Corps' Aviation Combat Element with the F-35B Maximizing the Marine Corps' Aviation Combat...
The F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft that provides the capabilities to sustain and maximize the effectiveness of the...
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.,...

F-35B Lightning II Weapons Environmental Testing by the Pax River Integrated Test Force F-35B Lightning II Weapons Environmental Testing by...
Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan "Dog" Canin pilots BF-02, an F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the Pax River Integrated Test Force, during weapons environmental testing...
An F-35B Lightning II conducts weapons environmental testing along the Atlantic Test Range An F-35B Lightning II conducts weapons...
An F-35B Lightning II from the Pax River Integrated Test Force conducts weapons environmental testing along the Atlantic Test Range on July 22, 2015. The F-35B is a...
F-35 Lightning II Internal Paveway IV Weapons Environment Testing F-35 Lightning II Internal Paveway IV Weapons...
The joint U.S.-U.K. test team from the F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) conducted internal Paveway IV weapons environment testing during flight...
F-35B Lightning II Asymmetric Flying Qualities Test F-35B Lightning II Asymmetric Flying Qualities Test
A test pilot assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 flies an F-35B Lightning II during an Asymmetric Flying Qualities test. Aircraft...
300th Flight of BF-04, an F-35B Lightning II Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) Aircraft 300th Flight of BF-04, an F-35B Lightning II Short...
During the 300th flight of aircraft BF-04, the F-35B Lightning II Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant of the fifth generation stealth fighter performs...
Second-ever Ski Jump Launch of the F-35B Lightning II Multi-role Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) Aircraft Second-ever Ski Jump Launch of the F-35B Lightning...
The joint U.S.-U.K. test team from the F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) conducted a second ski jump launch of the F-35B Lightning II multi-role...
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...
AIM-120 Weapon Separation Test from an F-35B Multi-role Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) Aircraft AIM-120 Weapon Separation Test from an F-35B...
The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) performed an AIM-120 weapon separation test during flight 467 of aircraft BF-03 on June 23. BF-03 is an...
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...
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-35B Lightning II Completes First Land-based Ski Jump Launch F-35B Lightning II Completes First Land-based Ski...
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...
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 in Beaufort: One year Anniversary
July 17, 2015 marks the one year anniversary of the F-35B Lightning II’s arrival to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
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,...

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...