Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Marine F-35s now at Eglin

Marine F-35B over Eglin. U.S. Air Force photo
The first two Lockheed Martin production model F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft were delivered to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday. The two jets are assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 residing with the host 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin. The aircraft, BF-6 and BF-8, made a 90-minute flight from Fort Worth, Texas. Both fighters will be used for pilot and maintainer training at the new F-35 Integrated Training Center. Eglin now has eight F-35s. (Source: PRNewswire, 01/11/12)