THE VFA-101 GRIM REAPERS ARE BACK!! F-35 Style!!
The Grim Reapers of VFA-101 have returned to NAS Oceana's flightline after the retirement of F-14 Tomcats. They are now known as the “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101. Since they have returned unfortunately they do not bear the iconic Tomcats but represent the future of naval aviation with the next generation of jet fighters flying F-35C Lightening II.
The F-35C has an internal fuel capacity of 19,750 lbs. and combat radius of more than 600 nautical miles with a weapons payload of 18,000 lbs., and flys at speeds above Mach 1.6.
“The combat capabilities and mission systems onboard are second to none,” said Cmdr. John Allison, a VFA-101 pilot with more than 160 flight hours in the F-35. “The in-flight controls and stealth capabilities provide a huge advantage on the battlefield.”
“This is a way to pay homage to the past,” said Allison. “Carrying on the name gives us a great connection to the F-14 and a great connection to Oceana.”
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