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Monday, February 16, 2015

Ex-Navy air boss: F-35s 'essential' for carrier air wings

F-35C Lightning IIRetiring Vice Adm. David H. Buss, who stepped down as the Navy's "air boss" Jan. 22, has guided the Navy's F-35C Lightning II through some difficult times.

But he insists the controversial next-generation fighter jet is now well on its way to becoming operational and, more than that, is essential to the future of carrier air wings.

"I'm very happy with where we are with the program now," Buss said during an interview at his office at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, shortly before stepping down.

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