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    First F-35B arrives in Beaufort [Image 22 of 22]

    First F-35B arrives in Beaufort

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, SC, UNITED STATES

    07.17.2014

    Photo by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez 

    Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

    The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) lands aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, July 17. The aircraft is the first to join VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort since relocating from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. late last week. The F-35B Lightning II JSF will replace the Marine Corps' aging legacy tactical fleet. In addition to replacing the F/A-18A-D Hornet, the F-35B will replace the AV-8B Harrier and EA-6B Prowler, essentially necking down to one common tactical fixed-wing aircraft and providing the dominant, multi-role, fifth-generation capabilities needed across the full spectrum of combat operations to deter potential adversaries and enable future naval aviation power projection.

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    Date Taken: 07.17.2014
    Date Posted: 07.17.2014 15:18
    Photo ID: 1451631
    VIRIN: 140717-M-EK666-526
    Resolution: 2298x1532
    Size: 1.05 MB
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, SC, US 

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