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F-35C delivered at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Tabert, F-35C Lightning II instructor pilot, U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-101 prepares to exit the cockpit after landing at Eglin Air Force Base's 33rd Fighter Wing June 22. The pilot delivered the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin to the U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 home co-located with the 33rd FW. The unit serves as the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, training F-35C aircrew and maintenance personnel alongside Air Force, Marine and coalition partners in the joint strike fighter program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov)
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Navy receives first F-35C Lightning II

Posted 6/24/2013   Updated 6/24/2013 Email story   Print story

    


Naval Air Forces Public Affairs

6/24/2013 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla -- The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home here.

The F-35C is a fifth generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.

The F-35C will enhance the flexibility, power projection, and strike capabilities of carrier air wings and joint task forces and will complement the capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which currently serves as the Navy's premier strike fighter.

By 2025, the Navy's aircraft carrier-based air wings will consist of a mix of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike air vehicles, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft.

VFA 101, based here, will serve as the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, training both aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and repair the F-35C.

For more news from Commander, Naval Air Forces, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/airpac/ or the command's official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/FlyNavy.



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