From @3rdMAW Facebook: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing welcomed the Marine Corps’ first F-35C Lightning II to MCAS Miramar on January 21, 2020. The aircraft is designed and built explicitly for aircraft carrier operations and gives the MAW a marked advantage in preserving security throughout the globe. The addition of the F-35Cs to 3rd MAW will serve a key role in ensuring we remain well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow.
From DVIDS News: Lightning Strikes Miramar: 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing welcomes Corps’ first F-35C. 3rd Marine Air Wing made history when it welcomed the Marine Corps’ first F-35C Lightning II to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, Jan. 21, 2020. The Marines and sailors of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, the “Black Knights,” are extremely proud of their legacy and tradition of making aviation history. For the full news story, visit https://www.dvidshub.net/news/359904/lightning-strikes-miramar-3rd-marine-aircraft-wing-welcomes-corps-first-f-35c
For information about the homebasing of the F-35 at MCAS Miramar and links to the F-35 Environmental Impact and Noise Study documents, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/final-environmental-impact-statement-eis-for-basing-f-35-squadrons-at-miramar-in-2020/
For information about Aviation Update 2020 scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/2020/01/05/save-the-date-aviation-update-2020-on-january-29-2020-2/
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, CALIF, UNITED STATES; 01.21.2020: VMFA-314, “Black Knights”, welcomed the first F-35C Lightning II to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California on Jan. 21, 2020. VMFA-314 has operated the F/A-18 for over 37 years. The F-35C represents the next step in aviation, introducing upgraded internal fuel storage capacity, enhanced stealth capability and the reliability found in other F-35 variants. These capabilities will ensure VMFA-314 is well-equipped to meet the threats of tomorrow. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jaime Reyes as posted on https://www.dvidshub.net/)
Many more pictures and video of yesterday’s F-35 arrival are available on https://www.dvidshub.net/; search vmfa-314-receives-