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

Warlords conduct first night flight Warlords conduct first night flight
A pastel sunset painted the sky in pinks, oranges and blues as Maj. Paul Holst, an instructor pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, flies into...
Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords
Students from Elliot Elementary School, located in Laurel Bay, visited Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Jan. 29....
Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords
Students from Elliot Elementary School, located in Laurel Bay, visited Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Jan. 29....
Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords
Students from Elliot Elementary School, located in Laurel Bay, visited Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Jan. 29....
Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords
Students from Elliot Elementary School, located in Laurel Bay, visited Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Jan. 29....
Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords
Students from Elliot Elementary School, located in Laurel Bay, visited Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Jan. 29....
Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords
Students from Elliot Elementary School, located in Laurel Bay, visited Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Jan. 29....
Sen. John McCain visits MCAS Yuma Sen. John McCain visits MCAS Yuma
Arizona Senators John McCain (left) and Jeff Flake (right), discuss the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with Lt. Col. Steve Gillette, the commanding officer...
First Fightertown F-35B course takes off First Fightertown F-35B course takes off
A film crew from Marine Corps Recruiting Command record an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter landing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Oct. 1 to...
Photos	 Previous Image	3 of 3	Next Image F-35 maintainers keep Lightning fueled, in air  Download HiRes F-35 maintainers keep Lightning fueled, in air Photos Previous Image 3 of 3 Next Image F-35...
Senior Airman Herbert Tucker, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals in an F-35A Lightning II for a hot pit refueling session at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. All...
F-35 maintainers keep Lightning fueled, in air F-35 maintainers keep Lightning fueled, in air
Airman 1st Class John Patterson, Tech. Sgt. James McCallen and Airman 1st Class Jake Wiedmeyer, 33rd Maintenance Group, stand at the ready during preflight checks...
F-35 maintainers keep Lightning fueled, in air F-35 maintainers keep Lightning fueled, in air
Senior Airman Travis Barry, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals in an F-35A Lightning II for a hot pit refueling session on the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,...

Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords Elliot Elementary students spend day with Warlords
Students from Elliot Elementary School, located in Laurel Bay, visited Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Jan. 29....
First Fightertown F-35B training course takes off First Fightertown F-35B training course takes off
The Pilot Training Center and Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 are slated to kick off the first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter pilot training...
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.

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...