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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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...
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.
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 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 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).

Sentry Savannah 2015 takes off once more Sentry Savannah 2015 takes off once more
Marines prepare F/A-18C Hornets to take off from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to during Exercise Sentry Savannah 2015, Aug. 21. Several squadrons from Marine...
Sentry Savannah 2015 takes off once more Sentry Savannah 2015 takes off once more
Marines prepare an F/A-18C Hornet to take off from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort during Exercise Sentry Savannah 2015, Aug. 21. Sentry Savannah is a joint service...
Sentry Savannah 2015 takes off once more Sentry Savannah 2015 takes off once more
Marines prepare an F/A-18C Hornet to take off from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to participate in Sentry Savannah, Aug. 21. The hornet flew a joint mission with...
Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort
Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, left, is greeted by Col. Peter D. Buck upon his arrival at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Aug 19. Bogdan’s tour of the...
Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort
Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, left, speaks to F-35B Lightning II maintainers during a tour of the facilities aboard Marine Corps Air station Beaufort, Aug...
Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort
Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan steps off a C-12 Huron to begin his visit aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Aug 19. Bogdan visited the air station to...
Construction underway on F-35B hangar Construction underway on F-35B hangar
The structure of the new F-35B Lightning II hangar begins to appear aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The construction started with laying the foundation of...
Construction underway on F-35B hangar Construction underway on F-35B hangar
Construction is underway on an F-35B Lightning II hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The project began August 2014 and the facility is scheduled to be...
Construction underway on F-35B hangar Construction underway on F-35B hangar
A construction worker continues work on an F-35B Lightning II hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The installation is scheduled to be fully completed...
Construction underway on F-35B hangar Construction underway on F-35B hangar
A graphic illustration of the new F-35B Lightning II hangar slated to be completed October 2016 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The construction project...
VMFA-121 Change of Command VMFA-121 Change of Command
Outgoing Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 commanding officer, Lt. Col. Steve Gillette, receives the squadron colors for the last time before handing them over to...
VMFA-121 Change of Command VMFA-121 Change of Command
Incoming Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 commanding officer, Lt. Col. James Bardo, recieves the squadron colors from outgoing commanding officer, Lt. Col. Steve...

Sentry Savannah 2015 takes off once more Sentry Savannah 2015 takes off once more
Marines, airmen and national guardsmen are participating in Exercise Sentry Savannah 2015 hosted by the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center, Ga. Aug. 21 to...
Construction underway on F-35B hangar Construction underway on F-35B hangar
Construction is underway on an F-35B Lightning II hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort
Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan visited Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Aug. 19 to see how the F-35 program is progressing and developing in the Marine Corps.

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...