In photos: The F-35B goes vertical in Beaufort

The F-35B arrived in Beaufort on July 17, and now the craft has completed its first vertical takeoff and landing at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. 

The Friday landing was executed by Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501’s (VMFAT-501) second permanent F-35B to transfer to the Lowcountry since the squadron relocated from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., earlier this month.

Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 is the Marine Corps’ first and only F-35B training squadron and is responsible for training F-35B pilots from all services to include international students and the Beaufort air station is where all future fixed-wing pilots will complete initial training prior to designation as F-35B pilots.

Check out more photos from Friday over here.


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