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A Look At The U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Doing Vertical Landing Flight Training At Air Station Iwakuni

February 10, 2017

The Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, or MCAS Iwakuni, is a U.S. Marine Corps air station located in Iwakuni, Japan. Home of Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW), it is an integral part of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. Among the subordinate units that form the Marine Aircraft Group 12 is Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-121), also known as the “Green Knights,” which is one of the first U.S. Marine Corps aircraft squadrons operating the F-35B Lightning II.

Tail code “VK” and a radio call sign being “Combat,” Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-121) has been training hard to master the new 5th generation F-35B JSF Lightning II, which has the particularity of a vertical landing as the highlight. In this video, VMFA-121 F-35B Lightning II fighter jets conduct flight training at home in the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. This new fighter jet is nothing short of impressive.