After Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron 121 at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., is fully equipped, the Marine Corps
will replace Marine Attack Squadron 211’s AV-8Bs in 2016, and will replace
VMFA-122’s F/A-18s in 2018.
Lockheed Martin, builder of the F-35B, said its
newly declared operational status with the Marine Corps “represents a quantum
leap in air dominance capability.”
The Marine Corps’ declaring the F-35 operational
shows the program is “on track,” Pentagon acquisition, technology, and
logistics chief Frank Kendall said in a statement Friday.
Air Force space
officials are intimately following SpaceX' investigation, overseen by the
Federal Aviation Administration, into the explosion of the company's Falcon 9
rocket back in June, said Space and Missile Systems Center boss Lt. Gen. Samuel
completed modernization and delivery of the 29th C-5M Super Galaxy earlier this
week from its facility at Marietta, Ga., the company announced.
The second AC-130J Ghostrider gunship prototype was
delivered to Hurlburt Field, Fla., in preparation for initial
operational testing and evaluation on July 29, 1st Special Operations
Group Det. 2 Commander Lt. Col. Brett DeAngelis told Air Force Magazine.
The F-35B turned in
“exceptional” performance during a week-long operational readiness inspection
last week, but there’s apparently still a parts issue for the jet.
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