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…

VMFA-121 F-35B Lightning II first operational flight

02/27/2013
02/27/2013: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) conducted its first operational F-35B Lightning II flight at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 21, 2013. VMFA-121 joined Marine Aircraft Group 13, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, in November 2012 as the Corp’s first operational F-35B squadron.  Credit:Marine Corps Air Station Yuma:2/21/13…

F-35s on the Final Assembly Line: November 2012

11/28/2012
11/27/2012: On our visit to the Fort Worth FAL in November 2012, we walked the factory floor after our visit to Yuma in preparation for the arrival of planes for the F-35 squadron there.  During the visit, we saw several F-35Bs for the Yuma squadron(s) being built or prepared for…

Getting Ready for Yuma: The F-35 Bs Prepare in Fort Worth

11/19/2012
11/19/2012: Over the past few months, the F-35Bs about to deploy to the first USMC squadron at Yuma Arizona have been getting ready to go.  [slidepress gallery='getting-ready-for-yuma'] These photos are credited to Lockheed Martin and show the aircraft getting ready for its transfer to MCAS Yuma.