FRC East inducts first F-35A

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FRC East inducts first F-35A
11 Aug 2017 FRCE Public Affairs

"FLEET READINESS CENTER EAST, Cherry Point, NC -- Fleet Readiness Center East received the first F-35A Lightning II for upgrade here Aug. 9, 2017. The aircraft variant, primarily operated by the Air Force, was flown from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to FRC East to receive several depot and field-level airframe modifications. "The modifications are standard for the airframe and will increase the lethality of the aircraft," said Don Jeter, F-35 Integrated Product Team lead....

..."We are excited at this milestone. With this induction and the planned future inductions of some F-35C's later this year, FRC East will expand its capability to service all three variants of the F-35," said Jeter.

The expanded capabilities at FRC East align with the planned future course for the air station. MCAS Cherry Point is on track to become a major hub for F-35s by 2026, according to the 2016 Marine Aviation Plan.

"It is indicative of the growing scope of work at FRC East and the fifth-generation aircraft," said Jeter. "FRC East is posturing itself to become the preferred provider for all F-35 depot level maintenance and modifications on the East Coast.""

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