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US Marine Corps' VMFA 314 receives first F-35Cs

27th January 2020 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Marine Corps’ 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) has received the first F-35C Lightning II fighter jet for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

The squadron, known as the ‘Black Knights’, will lead the introduction of the F-35C to 3rd MAW.

The F-35C is one of three variants fielded by the US Department of Defense. The C variant is designed to operate from aircraft carriers, with control surfaces and landing gear equipped for carrier operation. It also has large internal fuel storage and the ability to refuel in-flight, extending its range and allowing for enhanced flight time.

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