VFA-101 Activated at Eglin

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Unread post27 Sep 2015, 11:36

Hah - youse thought Dave Grohl wrapped in silver foil was funny. Check this - F-35Cs outside on the line at NAS Fallon - seats covered in foil. Photo in Air International OCTOBER 2015 Vol.89 No.4
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Unread post30 Jul 2016, 02:57

F-35C Training Activities [Refer 'tritionprime' post on page 1 this thread.]
28 Jul 2016 Jeff Babione

"While the F-35A and F-35B made a splash in the U.K., the F-35C will be making some news of its own in the coming weeks. Next week, four F-35Cs assigned to the Grim Reapers of VFA-101 head to NAS Fallon, Nevada to participate in Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) training, commonly referred to as TOPGUN, to provide 4th/5th Gen fighter integration training which is now part of the TOPGUN syllabus. This is the third time for VFA-101 to provide support to such activities in what has now become a routine detachment for the Grim Reapers, in addition to serving as the Navy’s only F-35C squadron responsible for training all U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corp F-35C pilots.

VFA-101 F-35Cs will also support future Carrier Air Wing integrated strike training when available. With two years to go until F-35C IOC, the Grim Reapers are already playing a key role in the development of future Navy and Marine Corps SFTIs and early tactics development for Navy IOC."

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Unread post30 Jul 2016, 05:39

spazsinbad wrote:
F-35C Training Activities [Refer 'tritionprime' post on page 1 this thread.]
28 Jul 2016 Jeff Babione

"While the F-35A and F-35B made a splash in the U.K., the F-35C will be making some news of its own in the coming weeks. Next week, four F-35Cs assigned to the Grim Reapers of VFA-101 head to NAS Fallon, Nevada to participate in Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) training, commonly referred to as TOPGUN, to provide 4th/5th Gen fighter integration training which is now part of the TOPGUN syllabus. This is the third time for VFA-101 to provide support to such activities in what has now become a routine detachment for the Grim Reapers, in addition to serving as the Navy’s only F-35C squadron responsible for training all U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corp F-35C pilots.

VFA-101 F-35Cs will also support future Carrier Air Wing integrated strike training when available. With two years to go until F-35C IOC, the Grim Reapers are already playing a key role in the development of future Navy and Marine Corps SFTIs and early tactics development for Navy IOC."

Source: https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... _28_16.pdf (0.7Mb)


Getting that TOPGUN 2 vibe :devil: . Cmon Tom Cruise and company...just do it already!
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Unread post11 Oct 2016, 15:42

spazsinbad wrote:
F-35C Training Activities [Refer 'tritionprime' post on page 1 this thread.]
28 Jul 2016 Jeff Babione

"While the F-35A and F-35B made a splash in the U.K., the F-35C will be making some news of its own in the coming weeks. Next week, four F-35Cs assigned to the Grim Reapers of VFA-101 head to NAS Fallon, Nevada to participate in Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) training, commonly referred to as TOPGUN, to provide 4th/5th Gen fighter integration training which is now part of the TOPGUN syllabus. This is the third time for VFA-101 to provide support to such activities in what has now become a routine detachment for the Grim Reapers, in addition to serving as the Navy’s only F-35C squadron responsible for training all U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corp F-35C pilots.

VFA-101 F-35Cs will also support future Carrier Air Wing integrated strike training when available. With two years to go until F-35C IOC, the Grim Reapers are already playing a key role in the development of future Navy and Marine Corps SFTIs and early tactics development for Navy IOC."

Source: https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... _28_16.pdf (0.7Mb)


Is there any more information about this? Which four F-35C's participated? I can't find any news about this trip to NAS Fallon.
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Unread post15 Feb 2017, 22:08

Grim Reaper finds his rage
13 Feb 2017 Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson, 33rd Fighter Wing

"EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- As he stands at the step desk, you wouldn’t miss the subtle differences in his uniform. His brown leather boots seem foreign next to the sage green ones accompanying him. As is custom in the 58th Fighter Squadron, pilots roar “RAGE!” throughout the building. However, today this pilot is given a more fitting send off. He begins to turn the corner as a smirk creeps across his face. He nods with approval and marches out of the building as “Danger Zone” blares in the background. Rather than taking his familiar path to the stenciled grim reaper wielding his sickle; today he will beat his chest and fly with the Mighty Gorillas.

For only the second time at Eglin Air Force Base, a Naval Aviator has been selected to dual qualify in the U.S. Navy’s F-35C and the Air Force’s F-35A. Lt. Cmdr. Charles Escher, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-101) operations officer, experienced the F-35A for the first time during his initial flight on Dec. 1, followed by a check ride the next week with Col. Lance Pilch, 33rd Fighter Wing commander.

“(This is) hopefully the start of a program where we have pilots crossing over to help each other by teaching and learning tactics and determining things we can improve, thereby making the squadrons operate more smoothly together,” Escher said....

...Escher was selected to fly the Air Force’s variant because of his knowledge and experience across a wide variety of aircraft. After starting his career as an F-18 Super Hornet pilot, Escher went to Empire Test Pilots’ School in England where he would fly more than 25 different aircraft alongside British Royal Air Force and other international pilots.

“The knowledge and experience you gain from flying that many different aircraft, and aircraft that are outside of your comfort zone, whether that’s helicopters or heavies, aerobatic aircraft or fighters from different countries, it makes it a smoother transition,” Escher said.

The F-35A and F-35C were intentionally designed to be very similar aircraft. While flying systems are virtually the same, Escher noted differences in the way the jets fly because of its physical characteristics. The largest task to overcome however wasn’t the aircraft, but the difference between branches. “The way the Air Force does some things and the terminology are different than in the Navy,” he said. “There are quite a few differences that are eye opening and it makes you want to bridge those gaps.”

Those gaps, in part, are why the 33d FW and VFA-101 have taken this opportunity to share knowledge. As other services gain ground on announcing F-35 Initial operations Capability as the Air Force did earlier this year, the three branches will work more hand-in-hand with one another.

Escher says he can already see the benefits of the relationship and looks forward to experiencing enhancing/continuing the flow of information to promote growth across the fleet. “With the Navy, Marine and Air Force aircraft, we’re each flying our own mission in our own separate entities, but we can definitely share lessons learned on tactics,” Escher said. “When we put together a large strike package we will already know what the capabilities and limitations are based on our own experience.”

The Naval pilot plans to use what he learns from his experience with the 33 FW to help the F-35 enterprise grow. He looks to join a group of test pilots at Edwards AFB, California, where he will have the opportunity to be the Navy’s voice for the aircraft weapons and vehicle system development. Beyond that, he is glad he has the greatest job in the Navy and the Air Force as an F-35 pilot. “I’m happy to be able to fly both variants. It’s a super big treat.”

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Unread post16 Feb 2017, 04:01

ngroot0 wrote:Is there any more information about this? Which four F-35C's participated? I can't find any news about this trip to NAS Fallon.


Probably the 4 up jets they had at the time :)
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Unread post08 Dec 2018, 21:44

VFA-101 will be deactivated next year
08 Dec 2018 Alert5

"The U.S. Navy has decided to deactivate VFA-101 next year. The squadron is based at Eglin Air Force Base as the service’s initial F-35C fleet replacement squadron.

The unit’s personnel will move to VFA-125 at NAS Lemoore."

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Unread post12 Dec 2018, 06:52

Why the Navy will deactivate an F-35 Squadron next year
07 Dec 2018 Mark D. Faram

"The Navy will deactivate the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron 101, consolidating all Joint Strike Fighter operations and training at California’s Naval Air Station Lemoore, officials confirmed on Friday....

...The move of the Grim Reapers' 15 aircraft is slated to be effective on July 1, according to OPNAV notice 5400. “The Navy is moving forward with the deactivation of VFA-101 at Eglin AFB next year, and the re-alignment of F-35C assets into Strike Fighter Squadrons to support VX-9 Detachment Edwards AFB, Air Warfare Development Command (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon and maintain Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) production at VFA-125, while transitioning Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet squadrons to the F-35C Lightning II,” wrote Lt. Travis Callaghan, a Naval Air Forces spokesman, in an email to Navy Times.

The shift to California should see the Grim Reapers' 29 officers and 239 enlisted personnel replace their patches with those of the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron 125, Lemoore’s F-35C replacement squadron. “This will co-locate the fleet replenishment squadron production of pilots directly into the operational squadrons scheduled for transition to F-35C,” according to a note in the directive ordering the move.

The extra aircraft, pilots and maintainers at Lemoore are expected to help the Pentagon meet its testing and evaluation requirements for the Navy’s first operational fleet F-35C squadron, VFA-147. That major milestone for the Navy’s JSF program is still slated to happen in 2019. The maiden overseas deployment of VFA-147 is anticipated in 2021 while embarked on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson....

...The Grim Reapers could be resurrected if the Navy chooses to have an F-35 replacement squadron on both coasts. The OPNAV note requires the Navy to “maintain VFA 101 squadron lineage (name, UIC, insignia, call sign, etc.) for future reactivation.”

But bringing the Grim Reapers back to life likely won’t happen for at least a decade. That’s because the Navy has yet to start the process of naming a home base for its East Coast F-35Cs. It requires extensive environmental impact studies before senior leaders make the final decision on where the squadrons will go. And that, Navy officials say, isn’t expected to start until the mid-2020′s at the earliest.""

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Source: https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-nav ... next-year/
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