Marine’s F-35B jet makes debut at Miramar Air Show

U-T San Diego // October 04, 2014

Spectators at the Miramar Air Show witnessed the end of an era in Marine aviation and a beginning, when a helicopter that served in the Vietnam War flew its last active duty performance and a stealthy, supersonic F-35B fighter jet flew its San Diego debut.

The CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter is being retired from Marine Corps service and replaced by the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, which can fly faster and farther carrying more weight. The Marine Corps’ last operational squadron of the 1960s-era helicopter will be re-designated this month, making Camp Pendleton-based Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 an Osprey squadron.

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Photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda.