Eglin Air Force Base is now home to one more of the F-35B Lightning II aircraft as the 12th airplane made its way to the Emerald Coast.
U.S. Marine Corps pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk made the journey on May 15, leaving from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas at 10:02 a.m., said a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin.
The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing jet now joins the other five of its kind for the USMC as well as six F-35A Lightnings with traditional takeoffs for the USAF at the 33rd Fighter Wing.
Chrissy Cuttita, chief of current operations for Team Eglin Public Affairs, said that the 33rd has already begun the prep work to get the aircraft off the ground and into the skies.
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