It’s that time again, FighterSweep Fans! Welcome back to our weekly homage to all things afterburner. It still is our favorite day of the week, as we get to set our gaze upon glorious Mach diamonds and soak up the world-shaking crescendo as only the Sound of Freedom can provide! This week, our thanks go out to the “Grim Reapers” of VFA-101.

This week’s offering is brought to you by Scott Dworkin, and features the badassery of the most powerful single-engine fighter aircraft ever designed, the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lighting II. This particular jet is a C-Model, the carrier variant under development for the U.S. Navy. This particular aircraft is assigned to VFA-101–the unit designated as the Navy’s Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F-35.

As we mentioned a while back, VFA-101 made a trip out to NAS Fallon, Nevada, to spend time at the U.S. Navy’s Strike and Air Warfare Center. It was the first time the F-35 integrated with the instructor cadre at Top Gun, and proved to be a very valuable training evolution for both sides.