I recently spent quality time with the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX (VFA-106) – the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for our Hornet and Super Hornet pilots and aircraft. With 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Civilians and over 100 aircraft assigned to it, VFA-106 alone is larger than the air forces of many small and medium-sized nations. The Gladiators’ mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 replacement Pilots and Naval Flight Officers to fly the Navy’s front-line strike fighter; a process that culminates with qualifying to land on our aircraft carriers as the graduation exercise.
|Departing from the Roman Empire|
|Professional Gladiator Parachute Rigger (PR) Team|