The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducted classes and an educational tour aboard MCAS Iwakuni to help members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Third Air Wing get acquainted with the F-35B Lightning II.1

The exchange was both a first for the VMFA-121, and a success, consisting of several classes and a short tour of the facility, including a closer look at the aircraft, itself. 

"The purpose of today's tour was to bring some JASDF maintainers down from Misawa Air Base, who are expecting to get the F-35, and show them how we operate our maintenance department here in Iwakuni," Major Adam Wellington, aircraft maintenance officer for VMFA-121 told U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs. "We wanted to exchange ideas and answer questions for them as they prep for the arrival of this aircraft."

JASDF Lt. Colonel Mamoru Yamaura, F-35A Lightning II program office chief with the Third Air Wing seemed to agree with the importance and success of the exchange, stating that even though they're becoming increasingly knowlegeable, they've come to the point where they need to see directly how to operate the aircraft.

To read more about the joint aircraft's day in the spotlight, you can catch the original article here.

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