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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Steel Knight 16: 3rd MAW Operations Preview Steel Knight 16: 3rd MAW Operations Preview
Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing participate in exercise Steel Knight Dec. 4-16, 2015. The combined arms live-fire exercise implements a combination of air and...
Steel Knight 16 Teaser Steel Knight 16 Teaser
Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing participate in exercise Steel Knight Dec. 4-16, 2015. The combined arms live-fire exercise implements a combination of air and...
Steel Knight 16 - Lt.Col. James Bardo Steel Knight 16 - Lt.Col. James Bardo
U.S. Marine LtCol James Bardo, the Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW)...
Steel Knight - GySgt Jeremy Olberding Steel Knight - GySgt Jeremy Olberding
U.S. Marine GySgt Jeremy Olberding, Maintenance Control Chief for Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW)...
Steel Knight - GySgt Christopher Ames Steel Knight - GySgt Christopher Ames
U.S. Marine GySgt Christopher Ames, Ordinance SNCOIC for Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) gives an...
VMFA-121 Steel Knight Awards Ceremony VMFA-121 Steel Knight Awards Ceremony
U.S. Marine Major General Michael A. Rocco Commanding General of 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) awards the personnel of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 for...
F-35B in Action F-35B in Action
The F-35B supported ground troops in a simulated battlefield environment during Steel Knight at Marine Corps Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.
WTI 1-16 End of Course Video Production WTI 1-16 End of Course Video Production
An end of course video production featuring the highlights of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 1-16 in Yuma, Ariz., from Sept. 6 to Oct. 25, 2015. WTI is a...
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show
Welcome to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show. This webcast will feature an aerial demonstration of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, which reached initial...
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show - Edited Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show - Edited
Welcome to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show. This webcast will feature an aerial demonstration of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, which reached initial...
Initial Operating Capability Declared For F-35B Lightning II Initial Operating Capability Declared For F-35B...
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing's F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operating capability with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for worldwide deployment, July 31.
Road to U.S. Marines Corps IOC: F-35B Squadron Ready for Worldwide Deployment Road to U.S. Marines Corps IOC: F-35B Squadron...
"On 31 May 2013, the U.S. Marine Corps sent a letter to Congress saying they would reach F-35B initial operating capability (IOC) between July and December 2015. For...

Secretary of Defense visits MCAS Miramar Secretary of Defense visits MCAS Miramar
The Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter observes a static display of the F-35B Lighting II aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 3. The Secretary of...
Secretary of Defense visits service members aboard MCAS Miramar Secretary of Defense visits service members aboard...
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter looks inside an F-35B Lightning II during his visit aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 3. During his time aboard...
U.K. pilots begin training at VMFAT-501 U.K. pilots begin training at VMFAT-501
An F-35B Lightning II, piloted by Squadron Ldr. Jonathan Smith, taxis in preparation for his first flight in the aircraft aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort...
U.K. pilots begin training at VMFAT-501 U.K. pilots begin training at VMFAT-501
An F-35B Lightning II, piloted by Squadron Ldr. Jonathan Smith, taxis after completing his first flight in the aircraft aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Jan....
U.K. pilots begin training at VMFAT-501 U.K. pilots begin training at VMFAT-501
A Marine signals Squadron Ldr. Jonathan Smith after his first flight in an F-35B Lightning II aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Jan. 11. Smith, from the United...
Steel Knight 2016 Steel Knight 2016
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco, left, Commanding General of 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), Lt. Col. James Bardo Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack...
Steel Knight 2016 Steel Knight 2016
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco, center, Commanding General of 3d Marine, is briefed on the capabilities of the F-35B during exercise Steel Knight 16 on...
Steel Knight 2016 Steel Knight 2016
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. James Bardo, Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack shows Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco, left, Commanding General of 3d Marine Aircraft Wing...
Steel Knight 2016 Steel Knight 2016
U.S. Marine Lt. Col. James Bardo Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 briefs Col. William Hooper, left, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) Assistant...
Steel Knight 2016 Steel Knight 2016
U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco, right, Commanding General, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), speaks with military personnel with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121,...
Steel Knight 2016 Steel Knight 2016
U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco, left, Commanding General, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), speaks with military personnel with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121,...
Steel Knight 2016 Steel Knight 2016
U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco, left, Commanding General 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), speaks with Col. William Hooper, 3d MAW Assistant Chief Of Staff about...

Marine F-35B's to Support UK Air Shows
The U.S. Marine Corps' Joint Strike Fighter is confirmed to support air shows in the United Kingdom this summer.
Adding Lightning to Steel Knight Adding Lightning to Steel Knight
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22 performed the first ever expeditionary test of the F-35B Lightning II during...
'Rhinos' support Steel Knight 2016 'Rhinos' support Steel Knight 2016
The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter personifies great strides in modern air dominance capability. Among its characteristics of radar-evading stealth,...

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...