Eglin's F-35Bs Take to the Skies

Here you have it, the Marine Corps' first training variant (well, kinda) F-35B Joint Strike Fighter taking off on its maiden flight from the F-35 schoolhouse at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., yesterday.

Keep in mind that the Marines were supposed to be flying their short take-off and vertical landing F-35Bs operationally by this year. However, production delays, redesigns and cost overruns mean that the Marines, along with everyone else who is buying F-35s, aren't likely to be flying their jets operationally until the latter half of this decade.

Click here for the F-35 programs most recent flight test update.

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