The first F-35 customer slated for actual operations, the U.S. Marine Corps, is giddy about the B version’s progress after a first-ever series of trials this month leading up to the operational debut of the jet—in development for 14 years—in July. But, in accordance with the tattered history of the F-35 program, any step forward is tempered by questions about the path ahead. Just as the Marines are wrapping up the first operational test (OT-1) session on the USS Wasp ...

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