The first Navy F-35 in its RAG colors – VFA-101, after its decommissioning in 2005 at Oceana, reborn and relocated to Eglin AFB (I know…*Eglin*…home of armadillos, snakes and survival school).
I’m reserving judgment on this – they are still working on a tailhook configuration/location that works and the level of technology in this thing might suffer greatly in the ocean/salty/green water environment.
Not to mention that old story the Old Man used to tell me…that “It is far better to call base and tell them you had to shut down AN engine rather than telling them you had to shut down THE engine”.
And the lack of a backseat…I mean *honestly*. What were these guys thinking????
It does still look strange, with that 101 livery. And the November Juliet tail code – I am used to seeing an Alpha Delta next to that Grim Reaper logo. Not the prettiest of aircraft, I must say. A little squat in the middle – that usually happens with middle age, not when you just start out.
Anyhow, ever onward and upward.