Wednesday, May 16, 2012

12th F-35 now at Eglin

The 12th Lockheed Martin F-35 that will be used for the training fleet at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., arrived Tuesday after a 90-minute flight from Fort Worth, Texas. The pilot of BF-11 was U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Fred Schenk. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing production jet is now assigned to the Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 residing with the host 33d Fighter Wing, where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training. Eglin now has 12 F-35s. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 05/15/12)