A VFA-101 "Grim Reapers" F-35C (169425)(Eglin AFB, FL), piloted by LCDR Patrick "Turtle" Rice, rolls out of the line as the second of four Lightning IIs taxi away from NAS Fallon's north ramp to participate in an early morning (0730 hours) training exercise. And yes, the aircraft in the background on the left is a VFA-125 "Rough Raiders" F-35C (NAS Lemoore) and way in the background on the right is a VX-9 "Vampires" F-35C (NAWS China Lake but detached to Edwards AFB, CA). It was F-35C heaven yesterday; no matter which way I turned, I was photographing Lightning.
This photo is the first snap of 169425 to be posted into the FA photo gallery.
My deepest and most sincere Thanks go out to "Turtle," "Potty," and "Squatch" for inviting me to be out on the north ramp surrounded by the eight "Grim Reapers," "Rough Raiders," and "Vampires" F-35s.