Marine Corps (ILC) forms the first in the United States Air Force military drill squadron supersonic stealth fighter F-35 variant F-35B with short takeoff and vertical landing at the base in Yuma, reports now nctimes.com.
The first operational squadron will be a total difficulties 16 combat aircraft will fly until their four pilots having access to flights, the personnel identified in 300 people (currently formed half of the composition). During this year, the number of pilots prepared should reach 10-12. By December, the Commission expects to receive 17 U.S. fighter (this year signed contracts to build 38 F-35B). Just a Marine Corps aviation will be 420 machines F-35, including 67 versions of F-35C (18 in total difficulties of fighting, two replacement and two training squadrons).
Currently, the company Lockheed Martin has produced about 65 F-35 aircraft of all 3 versions that have flown about 5,000 hours. Total planned to build 3,100 cars.
«This magnificent aircraft, it flies great. This is not just another step in the aircraft industry, is a 5 or 6 steps ahead. Compared with the VTOL Harrier new aircraft over high-speed, more stable in flight, more maneuverable, it is easier to fly, since the machine is armed with computerized flight control system. Ability to integrate sensors are impressive, most of the work makes bortovik that handles unlimited amount of data and gives pertinent information to pilots, «said the commander of the squadron VMFA-121 ILC Colonel Jeff Scott (Jeff Scott). The officer involved in both Iraq campaigns, flew the «Harrier», last week took a course on the F-35 (Eglin base).
photo — Flight instructor F-35B Major Eric Lieberman (Aric Liberman) congratulates the Marines from the beginning of the formation of the first combat squadron (aviastantsiyah Yuma USMC, November 18, 2012)