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Unread post28 Jun 2017, 06:14

http://www.marines.mil/News/News-Displa ... n-okinawa/

F-35B arrives Okinawa 2017

III MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE -- MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan --  
Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft, belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, flew from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, June 26, to familiarize the VMFA-121 team with the airfield, marking the first arrival of the aircraft to Okinawa. 

The F-35B represents the future of Marine Corps tactical aviation and incorporates the mission capabilities of the current Marine Corps platforms it is replacing—the AV-8B Harrier, F/A-18 Hornet,—within a single airframe. 

As with current AV-8B and F/A-18 aircraft, the F-35B is planned to visit Kadena Air Base in Okinawa on a transient basis and operate in designated military airspace and ranges in a similar manner as the aircraft they are replacing. 

B-roll and still imagery of the refueling can be downloaded at the III Marine Expeditionary Force DVIDs webpage https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/III-MEF, the III MEF webpage http://www.iiimef.marines.mil/, and the III MEF Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IIIMEF
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Unread post28 Jun 2017, 06:51

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Unread post26 Sep 2017, 09:49

http://www.marines.mil/News/News-Displa ... -aim-120s/

F-35B Hot Loads With AIM-120's

By Pfc. Ethan Pumphret,
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma


Hot-loading is when an aircraft lands and has ordnance loaded while the engine is still running. Marines from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducted a hot-load in F-35B Lightning II’s at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Sept. 21, 2017. This hot-load was conducted using AMRAMM AIM-120 missiles. VMFA-121 is a part of Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The exercise was a validation/verification conducted during Weapons and Tactics Instructors course 1-18. WTI is an exercise that takes service members from all over the world in a joint training exercise for mission readiness. WTI is hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron one. “They will now have a publication to use,” said Cpl. Matthew Donovan an aviation ordnance technician with VMFA-121. “We took it out there and we validated it. We know it works so now in the future they will have it in writing.”

The hot-load exercise was conducted to ensure both pilots and ground crew have a real example of operations should those units deploy. The F-35B’s were loaded with the AIM-120 missile and took off horizontally immediately after. The AMRAMM AIM-120 is an air-to-air missile that will be used in conjunction with a Tactical Air Launch Decoy. The TALD was loaded onto an AV-8B Harrier II to be launched and used as a target for the AIM-120. The TALD is an expendable glide vehicle that can mimic the heat and radar signatures of a full-sized aircraft. “You can't shoot an air-to-air missile unless you have something to shoot at,” said Donovan. “The TALD is just a glider that comes off of the Harrier and then it glides straight and the Harrier moves out of the way.”

Donovan said the AIM-120 is the only missile currently in the F-35’s arsenal for the Marine Corps. This hot-load exercise is to verify theory and validate publication and give the Marines involved a chance to load live ordnance while the aircraft is still hot. While the F-35B has been loaded hot before, this is the first time it has been conducted with these air-to-air missiles. “Decreasing aircraft turnaround time and increasing sortie generation due to the aircraft not having to power down, receive maintenance and start up again,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Knight an Aviation Ordnance Technician with VMFA-121. “It’s critical in developing our expeditionary capabilities.” During WTI, VMFA-121 will also use GBU-12 and GBU-32, laser and GPS guided 500 lbs bombs in their F-35B’s. This combat themed-training will provide the training and practical application to project Marine Corps air power on the battlefield.
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Unread post28 Oct 2017, 05:31

Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training
27 Oct 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

"Marines based here conducted a nighttime aerial refueling exercise Oct. 25-26 to improve operational readiness and enhance pilot proficiency. Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 used their KC-130J Hercules aircraft to refuel F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and F/A-18C Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251.

Every 180 days the squadrons should have completed at least five successful movement-to-contact scenarios with tankers to stay proficient,” said Marine Corps Maj. Brian Miller, a KC-130 pilot and aircraft commander with VMGR-152. “This training exercises our systems, so that we know our aerial refueling pods, our refueling system and their air refueling systems are all working.”..."

PHOTO: http://alert5.com/2017/10/28/f-35bs-fa- ... -exercise/ "An F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 based out of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, conducts a nighttime aerial refueling training operation with a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 based out of MCAS Iwakuni Oct. 25, 2017. The training was conducted at night to improve operational readiness and enhance pilot proficiency. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mason Roy)" http://alert5.com/wp-content/uploads/20 ... 6-0341.jpg


Source: https://www.f35.com/news/detail/japan-b ... g-training
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Unread post15 Nov 2017, 19:18

Remaining F-35B Lightning II Aircraft with VMFA-121 Arrive at MCAS Iwakuni
15 Nov 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

PHOTO: "A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 arrives at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 9, 2017. The remaining aircraft represent the last installment of F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to VMFA-121...." [WOW - INFORMATIVE - NOT!] https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... __main.jpg


Source: https://www.f35.com/news/detail/remaini ... as-iwakuni
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Unread post16 Nov 2017, 05:36

Honestly, time for a name change.....really "Green Knights"??? :?
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Unread post16 Nov 2017, 05:47

There is a long history of a "Green Knight"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Knight
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Unread post16 Nov 2017, 06:00

SpudmanWP wrote:There is a long history of a "Green Knight"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Knight



Pretty deep of a Marine Fighter Squadron...... :?
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Unread post16 Nov 2017, 07:01

There are other "Green Knight" organizations:

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Unread post05 Dec 2017, 16:14

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Unread post05 Dec 2017, 16:26

Gear stayed down a long time during climbout. Compared to "typical" jet fighter takeoffs that I recall.
Take an F-16, stir in a little A-7, bake, then sprinkle on a generous helping of F-117. What do you get? An F-35.
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Unread post05 Dec 2017, 16:32

Probably doing a lower powered (no afterburner just military 100% power) - after lift off then high climb angle at reduced power - take off to reduce noise pollution so as to not upset the natives? Usually gear up fast so as to not break the limit.
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