First F-35A four ship formation

Capt. Eric Scmitt/Air Force

Capt. Eric Scmitt/Air Force

Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., this week posted this picture of the first F-35A four ship formation flying Jan. 31 over the Gulf of Mexico.

Pilots and maintainers flew two formations in one day, one in the morning and ground crews turning the four around for another flight in the afternoon, according to a base release. During the training, pilots tracked F-16 “adversaries” during the flight.


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  1. Why exactly is a USAF officer (Capt.) shooting this photo when the USAF has excellent military and civilian aerial photographers? I’m certain the enlisted or civilian ‘aerial photography experts’ would have eliminated the reflection in the canopy, told the F-35 pilots how to improve their formation visually and done a proper exposure. Putting up a crappy photo just to put up a crappy photo doesn’t exactly help the JSF program that is already under much scrutiny. Come on guys, we can do better!

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