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Marines conduct F-35 missile test

Ground crews prepare an F-35B for flight prior to a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 10. (Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Larisa Chavez, MCAS Yuma)

Ground crews prepare an F-35B for flight prior to a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 10. (Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Larisa Chavez, MCAS Yuma)

Ground crews prepare an AIM-120 missile for a flight test at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 10. (Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Larisa Chavez, MCAS Yuma)

Ground crews prepare an AIM-120 missile for a flight test at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 10. (Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Larisa Chavez, MCAS Yuma)

A pair of F-35Bs return from a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 10. (Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Larisa Chavez, MCAS Yuma)

A pair of F-35Bs return from a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 10. (Photo courtesy of Lance Cpl. Larisa Chavez, MCAS Yuma)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California --

U.S. Marines with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX)1 conduct initial operational testing and evaluation at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 10,2020. VMX-1 is an operational test squadron that tests multiple aircraft, allowing the continuation of improving tactics, techniques, and procedures of Marine Corps aircraft.