One Year At Beaufort

Posted 20 July 2015
Photo by Liz Kaszynski

US Marine Corps Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) marked the one year anniversary of the arrival of the F-35B Lightning II arrival at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, on 17 July 2015. VMFAT-501 and the Pilot Training Center at Beaufort have trained sixteen F-35B pilots to date and have flown 5,551.5 hours. Royal Air Force personnel began arriving in July 2014. On 3 February 2015, VMFAT-501 welcomed its first RAF F-35B. There is one UK pilot currently assigned to VMFAT-501 along with fourteen maintainers and one officer. A second F-35B training squadron and two operational F-35 squadrons are expected to call Beaufort home in the next few years.

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