First International F-35B Arrives Aboard Fightertown

MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina // February 05, 2015

Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 welcomed the first United Kingdom F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Feb. 3.

USMC photo by Pfc. Samantha Torres

The jet was flown by British Royal Air Force pilot Hugh Nichols, the UK senior national representative from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. 

"It's big for the Air Station, the town, and the pilot training center," said Joseph T. Bachmann, the commanding officer of VMFAT-501.

The jet is one of only three British F-35B aircraft and is assigned to VMFAT-501.

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