31 May '13, 2pm

Pentagon now says F-35 will begin operational flights in 2015:

Pentagon now says F-35 will begin operational flights in 2015:

By Brendan McGarry Friday, May 31st, 2013 10:44 am Posted in Air , Policy The Marine Corps will begin operational flights of the F-35 fighter jet in 2015, followed by the Air Force in 2016 and the Navy in 2019, according to newly released information from the Defense Department. The services were required to notify Congress by June 1 of the dates they expect to have enough aircraft in the fleet to support missions, a milestone known in military parlance as initial operating capability, or IOC. The Marine Corps version of the jet, called the F-35B, which takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane, will reach the milestone by December 2015; the Air Force’s by December 2016 and the Navy’s by February 2019, according to information provided by Marine Capt. Richard Ulsh, a spokesman for the service at the Pentagon. “Our nation expects us to make informed decisions about...

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