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>First F-35B assembled outside of the U.S.
Jan 31, 2018
The first F-35B assembled outside of the U.S. landed at NAS Patuxent River
on Jan. 31 after completing a transatlantic flight from Cameri Air Base in
northern Italy. The flight follows the Italian Ministry of Defense's
acceptance of the aircraft on Jan. 25 at the Cameri F-35 final assembly
line. There are two foreign F-35 final assembly lines, the other is located
in Nagoya, Japan. Cameri is the only B variant final assembly line outside
of the U.S. and has delivered nine F-35As and one F-35B. The aircraft is
assigned to the Italian Navy and is now undergoing electromagnetic
environmental effects certification for the next three months at the
Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test Facility on NAS Patuxent River.
Photos by Dane Wiedmann, Patuxent River Integrated Force team. More photos
are available at