Navy’s F-35C gets VFA-101 high-visibility markings

In anticipation of its future assignment to the VFA-101 “Grim Reapers” at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the F-35C CF-6 has received a cool high-visibility color scheme.

The Grim Repers were established in May 1952, flew various fighter jets, including the F-4 Phantom and F-14 Tomcat before being disbanded in 2005.

It was reestablished in May 2012, to support the U.S. Navy version of the CV (carrier variant) and serve as Fleet Replacement Squadron, training Joint Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers as a subordinate unit of the joint 33 Fighter Wing.

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