Green Mountain Boys receives last Lightning
On 14 October 2020, 134th Fighter Squadron/ 158th Fighter Wing under command of the Vermont Air National Guard, and based at Burlington International Airport (VT), received its twentieth and final Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.
The Vermont ANG's 134th FS was activated on 24 May 1946 at what is now known as Burlington International Airport (VT). What is not much known, is that besides they are named the "Green Mountain Boys", the 134th also inherited the World War II heritage emblem of "The Yellow Scorpions" on the port side of their F-35As.
Having flown until recently the F-16C/D Fighting Falcons, the 134th was the first ANG unit in the country to receive the F-35A. The first 134th Lightning arrived on 19 September 2019. On 13 August 2020, the Green Mountain Boys surpassed their first F-35A Lightning II 1,000 sorties milestone.
With the final VT coded Lightning arrived (18-5361), this is the 134th FS's full inventory:
17-5265, 17-5266, 17-5277, 17-5278, 17-5279, 17-5280, 17-5284,
18-5336, 18-5337, 18-5338, 18-5339, 18-5340, 18-5341, 18-5343, 18-5344, 18-5349, 18-5358, 18-5359, 18-5360 and 18-5361
Photos / Patch: USAF / flightlineinsignia.com