The first F-35C Lightning II for the US Marine Corps, photo released on 22 December 2014 F-35 highlights 2014 (Image © Lockheed Martin)

Final 2014 F-35 is first Marine Corps Charlie

Lockheed Martin delivered its final and 36th F-35 Lightning II stealthy fighter jet on 22 December 2014. The final one to make it is know as CF-19 and is the first F-35C carrier variant for the US Marine Corps.

F-35 2014 highlights (Footage© Lockheed Martin)

With the F-35C there are 109 F-35s airworthy in the US, including two F-35As owned by the Australian Air Force (RAAF), two F-35As by the Netherlands and three F-35Bs by the UK. None of the F-35s is fully mission capable yet, but the US is working hard to get there, with both F-35B vertical take-off versions and F-35C carrier versions making a lot of test flights in 2014, as well as the F-35As for the US Air Force and allies.

The first USMC F-35C will fly with the US Navy’ VFA-101 “Grim Reapers” Fighter Squadron that is part of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The CF-19 will be used for pilot training.

The full 2014 list of delivered F-35s are: 23 F-35As for the USAF, 2 F-35As for the RAAF, 4 F-35Bs for the USMC, 6 F-35Cs for the USN and 1 F-35C for the USMC. These aircraft have been dispatched to Luke AFB in Arizona (19), Eglin AFB in Florida (14), MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina (2) and MCAS Yuma in Arizona (1).

Source: Lockheed Martin, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

The first F-35C Lightning II for the US Marine Corps, photo released on 22 December 2014 F-35 highlights 2014 (Image © Lockheed Martin)
The first F-35C Lightning II for the US Marine Corps, photo released on 22 December 2014 F-35 highlights 2014 (Image © Lockheed Martin)