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USMC’s first East Coast F-35B unit declared operational

… The USMC formally declared its first East Coast-based F-35B Lightning II squadron operational when Marine Fighter … short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-capable F-35Bs; trained pilots and maintainers; and support equipment …

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HMS Prince of Wales embarks on F-35B sea trials in the US

… On October 11, a specially instrumented US Navy-operated F-35B Lightning II (168314/‘68’) landed aboard HMS Prince of … equipment and personnel – a 200-strong test team from the F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) at NAS Patuxent River , …

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South Korea axes F-35B acquisition plan to grow F-35A fleet?

… Sale (FMS) for the purchase of 25 fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II fighters has been approved by the US State … of 25 conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)-configured F-35As, with 26 Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 afterburning … Priority was initially to have been given to the F-35B acquisition, with the conventional A-model jets to be …

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First F-35B for Royal Navy’s 809 NAS on show at RAF Marham

… The first F-35B to be assigned to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s (RN … of 809 NAS to operational frontline service with the F-35B and was dressed accordingly for the occasion, sporting a …

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UK welcomes delivery of additional F-35B Lightning IIs

… UK has taken delivery of an additional two Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs, growing the number of examples of the … new short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-configured F-35Bs – serials ZM166 ‘032’ (callsign ‘ASCOT 9672’) and …

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Final report into UK F-35B crash raises broader operational safety concerns

… Almost two years after an F-35B Lightning II assigned to the RAF’s No 617 Squadron ‘The … it further confirms the immediate cause of the loss of F-35B (serial ZM152/’018’) on November 17, 2021, was that one …

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F-35B delays may leave RAF with just one deployable combat air squadron

… and vertical landing (STOVL)-capable Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter … not yet committing to going beyond the current order of 48 F-35Bs could have serious consequences. While the UK Ministry …

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Japan set to receive first F-35B Lightning IIs in 2025

… short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-configured F-35B Lightning II from Lockheed Martin in 2025. Japan’s first F-35B will be manufactured as part of Low-Rate Initial …

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Singapore green lights additional F-35B purchase

… Having concluded its evaluation of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II , the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) … commits Singapore to acquiring an initial fleet of 12 F-35Bs – of which four examples have already been ordered – …

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Lockheed Martin reveals cost of British F-35B procurement

… 35 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-configured F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters … procurement, which is currently examining the nation’s F-35B acquisition and investigating any possible delays by …

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Cost of UK's final Tranche 1 F-35B Lightning IIs to increase

… The price of the final Tranche 1 F-35B Lightning II  fifth-generation multi-role stealth … Fighter programme had resulted in increased costs for the F-35Bs manufactured between Low-Rate Initial Production …

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Pilot ejects from F-35B during bizarre crash in Texas

… A Lockheed Martin -owned F-35B Lightning II was involved in a bizarre incident as it … US Air Force (USAF) and used by Lockheed Martin to build F-35 Lightning IIs and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters . It has …

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‘Flying Tigers’ set up to become USMC’s first East Coast F-35B unit

… to the ever-growing list of operational Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II locations after Marine Attack Squadron 542 … 1. The process of re-equipping the squadron with the F-35B is expected to be completed by Spring 2023 and will …

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UK delays full operating capability for F-35B fleet by two years

… The UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II force has suffered a schedule setback after … UK Armed Forces would be able to deploy two operational F-35B squadrons. In his response, Heappey said: “ 809 Naval …

RAF F-35B on Queen Elizabeth

RAF F-35B on Queen Elizabeth

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Interim report released on loss of F-35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth

… An interim report into the loss of UK F-35B Lightning II ZM152 ‘018’ on HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on … returned to the carrier. This was the first loss of a UK F-35B. The report confirms speculation at the time that an …