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via DoD Buzz | Marine Corps Speeds Up F-35B Development #Defense #Military

via DoD Buzz | Marine Corps Speeds Up F-35B Development #Defense #Military

Marine Corps Speeds Up F-35B Development By Michael Hoffman Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 5:29 pm Posted in Air The Marine Corps has made the first public announcement of an expected initial operations capability of 2015. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos made the announcement during a presentation May 29 at the Brookings Institution. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley last week said the service will issue a report detailing the operational start date to Congress in coming days. “The definition of initial operational capability is 10 airplanes, 10 crews, a full maintenance suite that does all the training, all the trainers are all trained up on it,” Amos said. “They’ve been trained, both the pilots and the aircrews, to do the missions of the airplane and they are ship board qualified.” The Air Force and Marine Corps will fly different variants of the F-35. The Marine Cor...

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