US Marines holds F-35 ‘elephant walk’

Security & Defense

The United States Marine Corps’ Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 conducted a readiness exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina, United States on May 1.

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The exercise was comprised of 20 F-35B Lightning II aircraft and included an elephant walk. Elephant walks, taxiing of military aircraft in close formation right before takeoff, show the capability of the units as well as teamwork.

“The safe launch and recovery of the aircraft, affirms the squadron’s commitment to achieving and sustaining the highest level of readiness in order to train the next generation of F-35B pilots from the U.S. Marine Corps and partner nations,” VMFAT 501 said.