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UK F-35, Marine Corps F-35B Delivered

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B and United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II were delivered to Eglin Air Force Base Friday.

The second United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base on Oct. 19 for delivery to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Eglin's eleventh U.S. Marine Corps F-35B ferried to the Emerald Coast with the U.K. jet.

The aircraft, known as ZM136 and BF-16, departed at approximately 8:06 a.m. CDT with U.K. Royal Air Force Sqn. Ldr. Jim Schofield and Marine Corps Maj. Adam Levine at the controls, respectively, for the 90-minute ferry flight to Eglin.

ZM136 joins the first United Kingdom F-35B, which arrived at the base for operational test and evaluation in July.

The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variants are the fifteenth and sixteenth F-35s to ferry to Eglin this year.

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