The video showed the new stealth jet opening its lift fan and swiveling its jet engine before taking off from an unidentified Marine airfield.
Marine squadrons based in Yuma, South Carolina and Japan are flying the plane, which is built by Lockheed Martin and named the Lighting II.
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The advanced fighter is replacing the venerable AV-8B Harrier II jump jets on the Navy’s amphibious assault ships.
It comparison to the Harrier, the new fighter can reach supersonic speeds of 1,200 miles per hour while avoiding enemy radar through stealth design.
The Marine Corps plans to buy over 300 of the new planes.
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