Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Steel Knight 16 Makes F-35 II Look good

The Marines take the F-35 II to the next level during an operational exercise “Steel Night 16”.


The following photos from Marines.Mil

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conduct a vertical landing at Red Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight.

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Billions Spent For This Day In The Field. Marines are getting ready for that next day!

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conducts a refueling on Red Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight.


An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 taxis down the runway after refueling at Red Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight.

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from Red Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight.



Go Marines! Awesome sauce!! As this one aircraft now in the Marine inventory replaces the Harrier, Intruder and F-18 compliment. A supersonic jump jet out flies the whole lot even at each level of purpose giving marines an added value aviation hammer. A purpose built marine carrier can house a squadron below decks and deploy in a conflict with unrelenting assaults.


Put this beast ashore in a parking lot or highway, as most locations can becomes the new Marine airport anywhere in the world. Just give it an acre for landing and a berm for housing, the Marines have an air superiority fighter hidden away for combat in theatre. Ouch, it's the after burn the adversarial strategy can't match.