(First F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet delivered)…..The US Navy received the first F-35C over the weekend.
The C stands for Carrier. With the delivery of the first advanced Fighter Jet, future pilots can now learn how to fly it. The designated pilots have been practicing on simulators for several months. They can now learn on the real thing. It has still not been decided where the Squadron will be stationed, once the rest of the F-35C’s are delivered. It will either be the Naval Air Station, Lemoore or the Naval Air Facility, El Centro. A decision is expected some time next year. Congressman Juan Vargas is pushing the Defense Department to consider the financial advantages of locating the squadron at NAF. He also says NAF is exceptionally well suited as a training facility for the new fighter jet.