Lt. Col. Cedar Hinton, regulating officer of Marine Fighter Strike Armada 314, made Marine Corps and aeronautics history, this week, when he flew the very first Lightning II boxer to Marine Corps Air base Miramar.
The third Marine Aircraft Wing leader landed the F-35C at Miramar on Tuesday, Jan. 21, marking the first time such an airplane touched down at the base.
Hinton flew the fighter from Naval Air base Lemoore, where the squadron has been educating on the new aircraft for 7 months. He stated flying the F-35C was an “outright delight” which the onboard technology permitted him to be completely familiar with everything in all times.
The advanced Lockheed Martin boxer stands for the future of Marine Corps battle aeronautics.
In all, the armada is anticipated to get 10 to 16 of the aircraft, said Maj. Josef Patterson, of the third MAW. By 2032, 10 armadas now based at Miramar are arranged to have actually transitioned to the F-35. 6 will be based at Miramar and also 4 will certainly go to Marine Corps Airstation Yuma. The third Marine Aircraft Wing is the biggest in the Marine Corps.
The F-35C is among 3 F-35 airplane kinds &http://#8212; &http://#8212; A, B and also C &http://#8212; used by the Department of Defense. The Marines will certainly use the B and C; the Flying force will certainly make use of the A; as well as the Navy will certainly make use of the C. As a team, the aircrafts are component of the Government’s trillion-dollar F-35 Joint Strike Fighter tools program, replacing the aging AV-8B Harrier, F/A -18 Hornet and EA-6B Burglar.
Each F-35C costs $93 million to $103 million and each F-35B between $101 million as well as $108 million, according to Lockheed Martin.
Alll of the F-35s give pilots better accessibility to real-time battle area info, with a 360-degree sight, as well as sensors that offer information from the air and also ground. Sensors also can send information to commanders on the field and back in the UNITED STATE
” It need to be not a surprise that VMFA-314 is once again blazing a trail into the next generation of fighter attack airplane,” Hinton stated.
Marine Boxer Strike Armada 314 &http://#8212; &http://#8212; or VMFA-314 &http://#8212; very first commissioned in 1943 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Factor, N.C. It was the first squadron in the third MAW to transition to jets and also fly the F-9F Panther in 1952. In 1957, the armada formally became the “Black Knights” with the arrival of the F-4D Skyray.
In October 1961, the “Black Knights” ended up being the first Marine Corps squadron to change to the F-4B Phantom and also in 1982, the initial in the Division of the Navy to fly the F/A -18 Hornet.
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On Thursday, an event was held for an additional third MAW armada transitioning from the F/A -18 Hornet to the F-35B. The F/A -18 served the country through three battles and also multiple other disputes.
” It’s a little bit of a somber view because the F/A -18 means so much to much of us,” Patterson claimed. “Numerous of us grew up amazed of the F/A -18 and numerous of our current pilots imagined the day they would certainly one day fly it as children.
” It’s additionally amazing, since the F-35 is so amazing as well as those same pilots now obtain to be on the reducing edge of the future of aviation.”
The armada will begin training with the Navy on the F-35B at Marine Corps Air Base Yuma.