Marine Corps declares F-35B operational

IOC for the STOVL Lightning II

The US Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability today with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for world-wide deployment on July 31. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, is the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant, following a five-day Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), which concluded July 17. For more details of this story see our exclusive supplement on the F-35B in Combat Aircraft October issue.