The military’s new F-35B fighter jet will practice alongside a fellow fifth-generation fighter this week in the Northern Edge exercises over Alaska.
The U.S. Marine Corps versions of the F-35 are in Alaska this week for only the second time. The jets passed through the Anchorage area in January on their way to their duty station at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan. They’re back now for two weeks of war games that started Monday and run through May 12.
It will be the first time F-35Bs has been used in a real exercise with F-22 Raptors, said Capt. Anastasia Schmidt, with the Alaska Command public affairs office. Like the F-35, the F-22 is a fifth-generation fighter and the two share some of the same capabilities.
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