Friday, January 20, 2012

Eglin gets another F-35

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A ninth F-35, this one a Marine Corps version, has arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a 90-minute flight from Fort Worth, Texas. BF-7 was piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph Bachmann. Eglin, home of the F-35 Integrated Training Center, now has the largest F-35 fleet in the Department of Defense. BF-7 is assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 with the host 33rd Fighter Wing. The Marine Corps variant, F-35B, is a short takeoff/vertical landing version of the plane. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 01/19/12)