Saturday, June 22, 2013

First Navy F-35 arrives at Eglin

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. VFA 101 will serve as the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, training both aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and repair the F-35C. The F-35C is a fifth generation fighter outfitted to land on a carrier. It combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Once in the fleet, it will complement the capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which currently serves as the Navy's premier strike fighter. (Source: NNS, 06/22/13)