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What is it Like to fly the Navy’s F-35C?

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony/Released)

Lt. Nicholas “Fila” Rezendes is a U.S. Navy fighter pilot assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. On August 14, 2016, he participated in carrier qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).   The best part …

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F-35C Lightning II: Bringing the Thunder

“The supersonic, multi-role, multi-service F-35C Lightning II represents a quantum leap in air superiority capability. Combining the next-generation fighter characteristics of radar-evading stealth, supersonic speed and fighter agility with the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor package of any fighter aircraft in history, the F-35C delivers unprecedented lethality and survivability …

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Look Back at F-35C Lightning II DT-II

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 5, 2015) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 performs a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The F-35C Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force is aboard Dwight D. Eisenhower conducting follow-on sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch)

Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) flexed their sea legs aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during the second F-35C developmental test (DT-II) phase October 2-10, 2015. Look back at the testing in this video. (U.S. Navy video courtesy of Lockheed …

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You Asked… The Blue Angels Answered

The U.S. Navy fight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, demonstrate choreographed flight skills during the annual Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 19, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Todd Frantom/Released)

You asked, and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels answered! Following up from a Blue Angels post last week on our Facebook Page, we answered a fan question each day ahead of the flight demonstration squadron’s first airshow performance in El Centro, Calif., on March 14. Below are the questions and answers. Thanks to everyone …

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A Great Day to go Flying

Rear Adm. JR Haley, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, walks to an MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter from HM-14 with Lt. Cmdr. Nathaniel Hathaway and Lt. Christopher Kenefic at Naval Station Norfolk.

By Rear Adm. J.R. Haley Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic I joined one of the Navy’s MH-53E “Sea Dragon” squadrons at Naval Station Norfolk to fly with the HM-14 Vanguards. It was a great day to go flying, but more importantly a chance to meet some of the outstanding Sailors …

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