USMC F-35B starts local area flights over Eglin AFB

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The US Air Force’s 33rd Fighter Wing and US Marine Corps flew their first Lockheed Martin F-35B local area flight at Eglin AFB, Florida, earlier today, reports Dave Majumdar.

But while today was the STOVL model’s day, the wing’s F-35A fleet is performing very well, a senior USAF official says.

The F-35A had already flown 47 sorties to date, but today they added to that total.

The unit “launched a two turn two of F-35As, another first,” the senior official says. That makes “for a total of five sorties flown today.”

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