First Fighter US-F-35C
The US Marine Corps, for which it developed its own version of the fifth generation fighter F-35B, began to receive the deck version of the fighter - F-35C. As transmits "Warspot" citing the portal businessinsider.com, the first F-35C carrier-based fighter was launched by the VMFA-314 squadron.
Reportedly, the first F-35C received the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314), better known as the Black Knights ("Black Knights"). In service with the squadron until recently, F / A-18 Hornet fighters were located. The transition of the squadron to new aircraft was announced last summer, however, they began to receive the F-35C only now. The new F-35C Marine Corps will be based at Miramar California Airfield.
Previously, F-35C fighters were adopted by the U.S. Navy.
Recall that the US Marine Corps already has F-35B fighters in service, a modification specially designed for the KMP with short take-off and vertical landing. Version F-35C is a deck modification of the fighter, designed for takeoff using a catapult and landing using an aerofinisher. Compared to the classic F-35A, the F-35C has a larger wing area, an increased tail area, control surfaces and fuel tanks. It can carry a larger payload.