Lockheed Martin Delivers Three F-35Bs to the U.S. Marine Corps

        Lockheed Martin Delivers Three F-35Bs to the U.S. Marine Corps

PR Newswire

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 20, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Three Lockheed Martin (NYSE:
LMT) F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft were officially
delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps during ceremonies at Marine Corps Air
Station Yuma, Ariz., today. The three jets are assigned to Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron 121 residing with the host Marine Aircraft Group 13.

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"For more than 50 years, it has been our mission to support the Marine Corps
mission, and we're honored to deliver the first three F-35B STOVL aircraft to
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121," said Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin
chairman and chief executive officer. "The F-35B is the world's only 5th
generation, supersonic, stealthy combat aircraft that can also hover, take off
and land virtually anywhere Marines are in action. Through the hard work and
dedication of the military and contractor team, the F-35B will define the
future of Marine Corps aviation."

Official welcoming ceremonies at Yuma marked the handover of the jets to the
Marines. The delivery of the first three operational-coded 5^th generation
F-35B STOVL fighters marks the beginning of STOVL tactical operational
training at Air Station Yuma.

These three aircraft increase the number of STOVL aircraft delivered to the
Marine Corps to 16 and bring the total number of F-35s delivered in 2012 to
20. Currently, 13 Marine Corps STOVLs are assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft
Wing's Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 at Eglin AFB, Fla.,
supporting pilot and maintainer training.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5^th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth
with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information,
network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants
of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18
for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and
a variety of fighters for at least nine other countries.

Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners,
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

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SOURCE Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/aeronautics
Contact: Mike Rein, +1-817-763-2643, michael.j.rein@lmco.com, or Laura
Siebert, +1-817-319-6016, laura.f.siebert@lmco.com
 
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