The first squadron, VMFA-121, became operational in July . The second, VMFA- 211, last flew its Harriers on May 6. Yuma will ultimately host five F-35B squadrons, each with 16 aircraft.
The new Joint Strike Fighter, part of the most expensive military program in history, is being built in three variants for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, with the Marine version the first to be operational.
The Marine version can take off vertically from the Navy’s amphibious assault ships and fly at supersonic speeds above 1,200 miles per hour. It is designed to be nearly invisible to radar and other sensors.
Another Marine Squadron Phases Out Harriers for New F-35s was last modified: May 15th, 2016 by Chris Jennewein
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