The US Navy’s first frontline F-35C squadron recently received its safe-for-flight operations certification, after independently conducting carrier qualifications with the Lightning II. Patrick Roegies investigates.
UNIT REPORT: VFA-147
TRANSFERS TO LIGHTNING
In preparation for transition to the F-35C, the US Navy reactivated Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 ‘Rough Raiders’ as the fleet replacement squadron (FRS) for the carrier variant of the Lightning II in January 2017.