Wednesday, September 25, 2013

F-35C fleet roll-out planned

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Navy will mark the F-35C introduction to the fleet with a roll-out ceremony Oct.1 at this joint training base. Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), the fleet readiness squadron responsible for training F-35C pilots and maintenance personnel, will host the ceremony. The squadron stood up last year with 20 personnel and now has more than 100. The initial cadre of F-35C aviators will become instructor pilots to prepare for the transition of the first fleet squadron from the F/A-18 Hornet to the F-35C. (Source: Seapower magazine, 09/24/13)