VMFA-121 on the Way to Japan

01/12/2017
01/12/2017: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, California (January 10, 2017) Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, an F-35B squadron with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 9, 2017. The first location to receive the Marine Corps' F-35B,…

VMFA-121 at Red Beach

12/16/2016
12/16/2016: We have recently interviewed the CO of VMFA-121 in Yuma in early December 2016 and will shortly publish his interview.  This story published last December highlights a milestone along the way for the squadron as it prepares for its deployment to Japan in 2017. An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter…

VMFA-121 Brings F-35B to Red Flag 16-3 For First Time

12/16/2016
12/16/2016:  We have recently interviewed the CO of VMFA-121 in Yuma in early December 2016 and will shortly publish his interview.  But this story from July 2016 discusses a milestone to the process of the squadron preparing for its deployment to Japan in 2017. Six F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Fighter Attack…

Mayor Fukuda Visits MCAS Yuma Prior to Arrival of VMFA-121 to Japan

12/16/2016
12/16/2016: From left to right, U.S. Marine Corps Col. Richard Fuerst, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Kosei Nomura, director of Status of U.S. Forces Agreement Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Lt. Col. J. T. Bardo, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Sqaudron (VMFA) 121,…

Green Knights reunion: VMFA-121 follows in the footsteps of their brothers

12/06/2016
12/06/2016: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 hosted a squadron tour for Green Knight veterans who served during 1966 and 1967. Together, they celebrated the Marine Corps’ 241st birthday in Yuma, Ariz., Nov. 19. MCAS YUMA, CA, UNITED STATES 11.17.2016 Video by Lance Cpl. Jake McClung  Marine Corps Air Station Miramar…

VMFA-121 Conducts a Vertical Landing FARP

12/18/2015
12/18/2015: An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conducts a vertical landing at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015. VMFA-121 marked another important milestone in the evolution of the aircraft conducting their first Close Air Support…

VMFA-121 Conducts F-35B Simulated Flight Deck Training At MCAS Yuma

05/15/2015
05/15/2015: F-35B pilots, Maj. Aric Liberman (05 jet) and Capt. Brian Hansell (01 jet), with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., perform short take off and vertical landings as part of required flying field carrier landing practices (FCLP) at the stations auxiliary…

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

04/10/2013
04/10/2013: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducted its first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. at approximately 8:45 a.m. March 21. This was also the first dual flight of VMFA-121 F-35B aircraft.  F-35 test pilot Maj. Richard Rusnok…