Last week’s barrage of small but significant F-35 stories continues as the sixth F-35A Joint Strike Fighter arrived at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on Oct. 26.
The jet is joining what will be the F-35 schoolhouse for thousands of JSF pilots and maintainers from the U.S. and international F-35 operators. Still, there’s no hard date set for when the Eglin jets will be cleared to begin making training sorties. It’s supposed to happen sometime this fall The planes have been used for maintenance training since they began tricking in to the Florida Panhandle base last summer.
Meanwhile, the photo above shows the very first production model of the Marine’s F-35B Short Take-off and Vertical Landing variant of the JSF flying for the first time last week.