The F-35B, America’s most-advanced stealth fighter wowed a record 215,000 people Saturday at the base’s 42nd annual Friendship Day.

In its first aerial demonstration in Asia, the F-35B Lightning II showed off its ability to hover and land vertically.

“The best part of today is watching the Japanese people get excited about what we do every day,” said Lance Cpl. Abrie Balkwill, a motor transport operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171. – Stars & Stripes

Featured image of Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, prepare to land at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan by U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Henson