F-35B makes stealth fighter’s inaugural landing at Okinawa Marine base

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Marines stand by while an F-35B Lightning II jet refuels at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.  LAURA GAUNA/U.S. MARINE CORPS
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Marines stand by while an F-35B Lightning II jet refuels at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. LAURA GAUNA/U.S. MARINE CORPS

F-35B makes stealth fighter’s inaugural landing at Okinawa Marine base

by: Seth Robson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 29, 2018

An F-35B Lighting II has landed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, marking the advanced stealth jet’s first visit to the Okinawa base.

U.S. Forces Japan released a photograph of the aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 — the “Green Knights” — at Futenma on Tuesday.

“An F-35B landing at MCAS Futenma demonstrates the air warfighting capability, operational flexibility and tactical supremacy that this platform brings to the Indo-Pacific region, our allies and our partners,” the photo’s caption said.

The short takeoff/vertical landing F-35Bs have been operating out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni since January 2017 and have notched a number of milestones, including their first operations this spring from the Sasebo, Japan-based USS Wasp amphibious-assault ship.

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