MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing 5 will perform an air demonstration May 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, a first since the wing relocated there last year.
The last fixed-wing squadron from Carrier Air Wing 5 arrived at Iwakuni from the Atsugi naval station for the 2018 air show, but only provided static displays.
Carrier Air Wing 5 is assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy’s only permanently deployed aircraft carrier, homeported at the Yokosuka naval station.
The Marine Corps’ most advanced fighter, the fifth generation F-35B Lightning II, will show off its ability to hover in midair. It’s expected to appear in the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration, during which the jet will work with infantry Marines performing a tactical insertion.
MCAS Iwakuni is home to Marine Aircraft Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 5 and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet Air Wing 31.