In the near future, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) plans to deploy a staggering 1,700 F-35A variants, more than the total units of the most successful military airplane still flying, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, currently in service. Add to that the Marine Corps’ and the Navy’s variants, as well as the ones meant for export, and we can safely say we’re witnessing aviation history in the making.
Bent on making the F-35 a reassuring sight in the minds of the citizens it protects, the USAF not only set up a dedicated demo team, but is also releasing a constant flood of images showing the beast in action.
One of the most recent is the one we have here, showing something we’re likely to see increasingly over the coming years: not one, not two, but a whole pack of four such aircraft, flying together.
The photo was snapped at the beginning of March over the Pacific ocean, where the planes were on a “routine mission,” meant to “demonstrate commitment to allies and partners through the employment of military forces, demonstrating strategic predictability, while becoming more operationally unpredictable to adversaries.”
These particular planes, aligned in perfect fashion to be worthy of a feature in our Photo of the Day section, are deployed with the 355th Fighter Squadron, out of Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.