Group Photo of F-35B Lightning II Personnel Conducting Operations Aboard USS America (LHA 6)


PACIFIC OCEAN (NOV. 11, 2016) Group photo of F-35B Lightning II personnel conducting short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) operations aboard USS America (LHA 6) during the third and final developmental test phase (DT-III) of F-35B carrier suitability and integration. A highly diverse cadre of Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) technicians, maintainers, engineers, logisticians, support staff, and test pilots from the Salty Dogs of Air Test & Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 assigned to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, are aboard USS America with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 from Edwards AFB, California and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 from MCAS Yuma, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Short/Released)

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