F-35B impresses many at Cherry Point Air Show

Havelock News // May 19, 2014

Hovering Harrier jets have long been a familiar sight at Cherry Point, but this past weekend, a new jet from a new era took center stage with the air station’s first public display of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Tens of thousands of spectators witnessed the Marine Corps’ most modern addition to its fleet in brilliant, blue skies at the Cherry Point Air Show.

“It looks sleek and it’s loud,” said Mark Montgomery, of Atlantic Beach, who watched with his family as the new jet went through a series of slow takeoffs, hovers and high speed-passes to show the jet’s versatility.

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Photo by Bob Gosford.