Singapore officials to view F-35B at Luke Air Force Base

GLENDALE, AZ - Singapore defense officials visiting an Air Force Base in Arizona will get a look at a type of U.S.-built fighters that the Asian nation may purchase.

Luke Air Force Base officials say at least one F-35B from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma on Tuesday will fly into Luke, a pilot-training base located in the Phoenix area.

Luke officials say the Singapore officials are at Luke for a training exercise being conducted at Luke and at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwestern Arizona.

The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing version of the F-35. It was developed for the Marine Corps and is configured differently than the F-35A version used by the Air Force.

F-35As to be assigned to Luke are expected to arrive in early 2014.

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