F-35B lands in San Diego for first time 30 Jul 2013

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Unread post31 Jul 2013, 07:07

F-35 lands in San Diego for first time By Gretel C. Kovach 30 July 2013
"Marine version of stealth jet makes appearance at Miramar

An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet landed in San Diego for the first time Tuesday, stopping in a city saturated with military and defense industry representatives invested in keeping the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program aloft....

...The Marines sent a vertically landing F-35B to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on a training flight, dispatching it for the first time to a base without permanent F-35 testing or operational support.

The jet also known as the Lightning II flew out of Yuma, where the Defense Department’s first squadron meant to eventually fly it in combat was established in November.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Scott, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, circled the Miramar flight line twice, did a touch and go off the runway, opened the weapons bay, then landed in the conventional manner....

...“Some people call it the unicorn, but it’s here. It’s actually right here on the flight line today. We have Marines working on it everyday,” and pilots fly it three to five days a week, Scott said. “It is the future of Marine tactical aviation.”...

...It received its ninth airplane Monday, two more are expected Wednesday, and all 16 slated for the squadron by October.

Their 10 aviators have flown more than 85 sorties and 100 hours, according to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered at Miramar....

...As the Marines ramp up operations, most flights now are conventional, but the squadron will probably be training with mostly short takeoffs and vertical landings by the fall...."

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Unread post31 Jul 2013, 22:33

Photos: F-35B Joint Strike Fighter tallies first landing in San Diego 31 Jul 2013 Jennifer Hlad, Stars and Stripes
"...Lt. Col. Jeffrey Scott, commander of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the Green Knights, flew the fighter plane from its home base in Yuma, Ariz., to California for the test flight....

...Once the program is ready, the Green Knights will have 16 of the fighter jets and deploy to Iwakuni, Japan. Yuma will have four 16-jet F-35B squadrons, Marine spokesman Capt. Richard Ulsh said."

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Unread post01 Aug 2013, 08:21

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VIDEO: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/297761/f- ... as-miramar
"The F-35B Lightning II landed at MCAS Miramar for the first time, July 30. The Lightning II is a 5th generation stealth fighter capable of short take offs and vertical landings."
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Unread post02 Aug 2013, 23:17

Youtube version of above video here:

F 35B Aero Braking Lands at MCAS Miramar 30 July 2013


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Compare and contrast the RVL at MCAS Yuma earlier this year.

1st F-35B RVL MCAS Yuma

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Unread post20 Sep 2014, 06:53

I guess an F-35B will be at the Miramar Air Show for Fleet Week?
It's Fleet Week! (through mid-October)
19 Sep 2014 Jeanette Steele

"San Diego Fleet Week returns this year with a new event and the revival of the Miramar Air Show, which was scratched in 2013 in the name of federal budget cuts....

...The air show returns Oct. 3-5 after a one-year hiatus with the Navy’s Blue Angels jet performance team and an appearance by the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter...."

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Unread post30 Sep 2014, 00:32

Patriots, Sean D. Tucker, even with no Angels or Lightning that would be an airshow to see. Looks like it should be a blast!
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Unread post03 Oct 2014, 16:57

Miramar Air Show flies again
02 Oct 2014 Gretel C. Kovach

"...The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter under development for three military services is expected to make its air show debut, with the Marine Corps’ B version demonstrating its ability to hover and “slow land” using short runway space...."

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