457th Fighter Squadron ( FS ) aka. ” Spads” do their drill weekend once a month and this chilly weekend is not exception for our boys from Spads. 2 sorties was made in the morning and one more in the afternoon. We get much more F-16 in the morning flights with callsign ” Mustang”, “Spad” and “Beast”
One of the Spads have some issues on takeoff and was circling the airfield and landed safely with her bomb loads intact.
Lockheed Martin also had some activities this saturday with Lightning 1-1 out playing. ( F-35B). She was supported by Lightning 1-2 which is the Lockheed Martin F-16D chaser. They did do a SVTOL testing which open up the Vertical hovering of the F-35B.
On this Saturday we did catch some transient traffic coming in for Gas and go. Namely 3x VMFA-314 Black Knights F/A-18 did a beautiful landing on runway 36.
A single VMFA-112 Cowboy F/A-18B did return to base and did a beautiful Carrier Break for runway 36.
Overall a very busy weekend with lots of actions…. There were actually 2x VAQ-209 growlers that came in and a missed VFC-12 F/A-18B departure on that day.
Article by Dave Chng