F-35 performs first East Coast public demonstration

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point // May 22, 2014

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- The F-35B Lightning II made its East Coast performing debut May 16 – 18 during the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point “Inspiration to Innovation” Air Show. 

The F-35B is a joint strike fighter that will replace three of the Marine Corps’ existing airframes (Harrier, F/A-18 and Prowler), said Capt. Ross Fearon, the aviations safety officer and F-35B pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, who was helping man the static display of the aircraft out of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. 

The F-35B contains capabilities from three different aircraft all wrapped up into one. The F-35B is capable of vertical take-off and landing of the Harrier, the supersonic capabilities of the F/A-18 and the electronic warfare capabilities of the Prowler.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Victor A. Arriaga.