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Fleet of new F-35B fighter jets headed for Miramar

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) – The Marines at MCAS Miramar will soon have some new planes to fly.

The aging F/A-18 Hornets will be replaced with Joint Strike Fighters.

The Navy has announced 6 squadrons are coming to San Diego starting in 2012 - eventually numbering close to a hundred.

The F/A 18 Hornet, which is commonly seen over the skies of San Diego, will slowly be phased out by the military for the F-35B fighter jet.

The F-35B does not come without controversy. To accommodate its ability for a short take off and vertical landing it has a turbo jet engine - which sources say is considerably louder than the Hornet's turbofan engine.

It's also way over budget - topping $380 billion - making it the Pentagon's costliest weapons program.

But the Marines stand behind the new fighter jet - calling it far superior to anything the military currently has in its fleet. Despite the higher manufacturing cost they say it will save money in the long run with lower fuel costs.

In this video report, News 8's Steve Price showcases the changes that come along with the Marines' new plane.

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