Aviation ordnance crew members with Marine Aviation and Weapons Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) conduct the first ever hot load on the F-35B at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, with inert Guided Bomb Units-12 and aerial laser-guided bombs.

In doing so, the Marine Corps is the first service to validate hot loading any variant of the F-35. Once the F-35B hot load process is validated, the procedures will be published and distributed throughout the Marine Corps, at which point training will be conducted at the squadron level and at command discretion.

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