Defense

October 3, 2012

Eglin F-35 fleet at 20 and growing


Lockheed Martin photograph by Randy Crites

The 20th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was delivered Sept. 27 to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to support F-35 pilot and maintainer training taking place on the Emerald Coast. BF-15, piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Mike Rountree, left Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at 10:39 a.m. CDT en route for a 90 minute ferry flight to Eglin. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing jet is the fourteenth F-35 to ferry there this year. BF-15 is now assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wingís Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 with the host 33d Fighter Wing.




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