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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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).
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).
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...
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,...

Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning II in the sky during OT-1 Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning II...
Sgt. Benjamin Mcintire, a powerline mechanic with Training and Evaluation Squadron 22, helps inflate a new tire recently put onto an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike...
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 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...
OT-1 OT-1
150525-N-JW440-066 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 25, 2015) An F-35B Lightning II takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp, with...
Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning II in the sky during OT-1 Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning II...
Lance Cpl. Zachary McCarty, an avionics technician from Training and Evaluation Squadron 22, reconnects hardware in an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter after...
Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning II in the sky during OT-1 Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning II...
Cpl. Kendal Parish and Sgt. Arben Kupa, both Airframe Mechanics from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, reinstall a panel of an F-35B Lightning II Joint...
Marine Ospreys support Lightning out at sea Marine Ospreys support Lightning out at sea
Marines with Test and Evaluation Squadron 22 move a power module for the F-35B Lightning II in the hanger bay of the USS Wasp (LHD-1), at sea May 23 during an...
OT-1 OT-1
150522-N-BQ308-001 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 22, 2015) Rainbow sideboys stand by as an MV-22 Osprey with Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant for U.S. Marine Corps...
OT-1 OT-1
150522-N-BQ308-003 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 22, 2015) Rainbow sideboys stand by as an MV-22 Osprey with Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant for U.S. Marine Corps...

Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea
Marines with various units worked together to accomplish an ordnance load and unload on the F-35B Lightning II as the first operational test of the aircraft winds...
Marine Ospreys support Lightning out at sea Marine Ospreys support Lightning out at sea
As Marines and sailors have been working together to conduct an assessment of F-35B Lightning II integration into amphibious operations over the past two weeks, they...
Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning II in the sky during OT-1 Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning II...
Vertical landings, low observability, X-ray vision helmets and laser tracking systems are just a few pieces of space-age technology incorporated in the Marine...

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...