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May 16, 2012

Dozen F-35s now call Florida base home

Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel DelCueto

The twelfth Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II destined for the training fleet at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was ferried May 15. U.S. Marine Corps pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk piloted the aircraft, known as BF-11, which departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, at 10:02 a.m., CDT, for an approximate 90-minute flight to Florida’s Emerald Coast. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing production jet is now assigned to the Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 residing with the host 33rd Fighter Wing, where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training.




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