According to the Associated Press, Marine Air Group 31 commander Col. Bill Leiblien informed members of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force that the first F-35 would arrive by early to mid-June.
“We will be in full pilot production in October 2014,” Leiblien told the group.
As the AP reports, Leiblien also said that it will take eight to 10 minutes to train a new pilot on the supersonic stealth aircraft. An estimated 60 to 70 pilots would be trained every year.
The F-35, which is “the future of tactical aviation” according to Leiblien, is the next-generation warfare aircraft for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, the AP said. It has been beset by cost overruns and schedule delays.