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Photos > SDD > B-Variant LRIP
Low Rate Initial Production is the phase of production wherein limited groupings of aircraft are produced. A few photos of B-Variant (STOVL) LRIP aircraft can be found below.

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 13, Third Marine Aircraft Wingconducted its first operational F-35B Lightning II short take off and vertical landing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Mar. 21, 2013. VMFA-121 is the Marine Corps' first operational F-35B squadron which is currently building its operational capabilities to include 16 total aircraft and up to 300 personnel. (photo by U.S. Marine SSgt. Jessica Smith, Combat Correspondent) An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 13, Third Marine Aircraft Wing conducts a vertical landing on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. flightline Mar. 21, 2013. BF-19, piloted by Maj. Richard Rusnok, an F-35B test pilot, marked an important milestone in the evolution of the aircraft conducting the first short take off, vertical landing training operation outside of a testing environment. (photo by U.S. Marine SSgt. Jessica Smith, Combat Correspondent)  
An F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 takes off from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. launching the squadron's first orientation flight, Feb. 21, 2013. BF-20, piloted by Maj. Aric Liberman, VMFA-121 Maintenance Officer, marked an important milestone in the evolution of the aircraft. (photo by Cpl. Bill Waterstreet) Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducted its first operational F-35B Lightning II flight at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 21, 2013. (photo by Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano) 24 AUG 2012, Maj Bachman touches down the 200th sortie for combined flights between the F-35 A and F-35B variants of the jet. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force Maj, Karen Roganov.
Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Smith, a maintainer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501, marshals in the first Marine variant F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 11. Photo credit: Samuel King. Maj. Joseph Bachmann shakes hands with his plane captain Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Smith, of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501, after bringing the first Marine F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter to its new home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Marines of VMFAT-501 received two F-35Bs, Jan. 11. Both aircraft were escorted in by Marine F-18 Hornets. Photo credit: Samuel King. BF-7 Delivered to Eglin AFB by Marine Major, Joseph Bachman. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer, Randy Crites.
Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Smith, a maintainer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501, marshals in the first Marine variant F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 11. Photo credit: Samuel King. Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Smith, a maintainer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501, marshals in the first Marine variant F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 11. Photo credit: Samuel King. Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Smith, a maintainer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501, marshals in the first Marine variant F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 11. Photo credit: Samuel King.

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