Air Force Capt. Spencer Weide, left, and
Capt. Justin Newman, F-35B Lightning II pilots with Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine
Aircraft Wing, pose with an F-35 aboard the amphibious assault
ship USS America (LHA 6) during routine operations in the eastern
Pacific on Oct. 6, 2019. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya.
Two Air Force pilots on Sep. 27 flew F-35Bs from the amphibious assault ship USS America in the Eastern Pacific, marking the first time airmen flew the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter at sea.
Capts. Spencer Weide and Justin Newman, both assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., flew the aircraft as part of an integrated training exercise, according to a Nov. 1 Air Force release.
“Integrated training like this is important because we operate off of a ship, and we get to learn the naval and Marine warfare functions,” Newman said in the release. “This will allow us to return the knowledge back to the Air Force for better future integration.”
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