WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda took time away from their talks last week to watch an F-35 fighter jet fly over the White House. The two were joined by their wives to watch the fly-over. The F-35 pilot started the fly-over with a fast pass and ended it with two slow passes, to give President Trump and President President Duda a good view on the F-35.
An U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II – from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501), based at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Beaufort, S.C. – flew over the White House on June 12, 2019, to honor President Duda of the Republic of Poland.
Trump said he was considering moving about 2,000 additional U.S. troops into Poland from Germany or elsewhere in Europe earlier.
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) is a training squadron in the USMC, which consists of 20 F-35B Lightning II aircraft and serves as the Fleet Replacement Squadron. The VMFAT-501 squadron is also known as the ‘Warlords’. The squadron is based at MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina and falls administratively under Marine Aircraft Group 31 and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The squadron has assumed the lineage of VMFA-451, which was originally known as the ‘Blue Devils’ and saw action during WWII and Operation Desert Storm. They were decommissioned on January 31, 1997.
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