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US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - VFA-101 "Grim Reapers," Eglin Air Force Base [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)
US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - VFA-101 "Grim Reapers," Eglin Air Force Base [Low-Vis Scheme]

Air Force 1 US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - VFA-101 "Grim Reapers," Eglin Air Force Base [Low-Vis Scheme]




 
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Air Force 1 AF100010A US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - VFA-101 "Grim Reapers," Eglin Air Force Base [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

"The F-35 program executive officer, has stated that the 'F-35 enjoys a significant Combat Loss Exchange Ratio advantage over the current and future air-to-air threats, to include Sukhois, which are currently being flown by the Russian, Indian, and Chinese Air Forces.'"
- Maj Gen Charles R. Davis, USAF, the F-35 program executive officer

The F-35C combines the unique capability of operating from a carrier deck with the unmatched 5th Generation capabilities of stealth, fused sensors and reliability, making the F-35C the Navy's future first-day-of-the-war strike fighter.

The Navy and Marines require an aircraft capable of overcoming a variety of threats - surface-to-air missiles, air-to-air missiles and tactical aircraft. By leveraging this potent combination of stealth, advanced jamming and threat system destruction, the F-35C enhances survivability and increases mission success rates.

The F-35C variant has larger wings and more robust landing gear than the other variants, making it suitable for catapult launches and fly-in arrestments aboard naval aircraft carriers. Its wingtips also fold to allow for more room on the carrier's deck while deployed.

The F-35C also has the greatest internal fuel capacity of the three F-35 variants. The F-35C carries nearly 20,000 pounds of internal fuel for longer range and better persistence than any other fighter in a combat configuration. And, like the F-35B, the F-35C uses probe and drogue refueling. This allows the Navy to operate its carriers a safe distance from the threat while its fighters reach remote targets.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter that was attached to Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-101 "Grim Reapers". Back Order!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 7-1/4-inches
Length: 8-1/2-inches

Release Date: March 2018

Historical Account: "Grim Reapers" - Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), also known as the "Grim Reapers", is a United States Navy Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) based at Eglin AFB, Florida. After the West Coast FRS for the F-14 Tomcat, VF-124, was disestablished in the mid-1990s, VF-101 became the sole F-14 FRS. At the time it was based at NAS Oceana in Virginia. With the retirement of the F-14, VF-101 was deactivated in 2005. It was reactivated in 2012 and redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101). It is currently one of two F-35C Lightning II, FRS. It is based at Eglin AFB, Florida with the joint 33d Fighter Wing (33 FW) but is a subordinate unit of the U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific fleet.

On May 1st, 2012, the squadron was reactivated at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida and redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), The "Grim Reapers" are still an FRS; this time for the F-35C Lightning II, the aircraft carrier-capable variant of the F-35 that will serve in the U.S. Navy and selected carrier-deployable squadrons of the U.S. Marine Corps. The squadron administratively falls under Commander, Naval Air Forces and Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet. In November 2014, VFA-101 passed 1,000 mishap-free flight hours in the F-35C.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Features folding wing tips
  • Comes with full weapons loadout
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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