First fighter with short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B arrived in East training center Navy (Fleet Readiness Center East) at Cherry Point (NC) reports havenews.com July 9. Aircraft identification system for the Navy’s Bureau has a serial number 168059 (second reference serial F-35B), pilot’s name is not called.
Aircraft entered in the 501 th Fighter Wing Assault Marine Corps (Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501). At the current time at Eglin Air Force Base (FL) are 30 aircraft F-35B. Reported. that the fighter is in a heavily guarded hangar, reporters were instructed to make only two photos.
By April 2015 on the basis of 6 aircraft will position this version to the 2022-2023 year, there will be formed six squadrons of aircraft. USMC plans to buy 340 F-35B and 80 F-35C, they will change the stormtroopers AV-8B Harrier, F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft and electronic warfare E/A-6B Prowler.
But applets F-35 there are opponents. They blame her that it is the most expensive in the history of programm U.S. Department of Defense, according to some data purchase price of U.S. $ 400 billion plan to buy about 2,500 planes 3 versions for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. One F-35B is worth about $ 159 million Enemies applets also not satisfied with countless delays, but supporters of the F-35 procurement claim that the aircraft is technically far more advanced machine than at least some aircraft in the world, and this is the main reason for maintaining advantages in the air.