While the U.S. Marine Corps is sticking to its plans for declaring F-35 initial operational capability (IOC) in December 2012, the deputy commandant for aviation, Lt. Gen. George Trautman, says the service understands that slips in deliveries and flight testing could prompt a later in-service date. The Marines need 10 F-35Bs equipped with Block IIB software, six aircraft capable of austere and/or ship-based operations. and a flight envelope of 7g and 50-deg. angle of attack to declare ...

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