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Lockheed F-35 Lightning II Jet Fighter Plane

The first production model Lockheed F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter made it's maiden flight on the 15th of December 2006, it is a joint project of several nations with the US as the main contributor and the UK as the next largest. The F-35 Lightning II design incorporates stealth technology although not to the same extent as the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk while retaining the performance of existing non-stealth "state of the art" fighters. The vertical takeoff variant uses the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem coupled to a Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan with a thrust vectoring nozzle.

Lockheed F-35 Lightning II


Two of the main companies involved in the project are Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and BAE Systems, this has been reflected in the F-35's name Lightning II, Lockheed built and designed the WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter and English Electric, a company now incorporated within BAE Systems, built and designed the Cold War-era English Electric Lightning fighter. Development of the F-35 has been plagued with time and cost overruns, particularly with the aircrafts numerous electronic systems and associated software.

 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 50 ft 6 in (15.37 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.65 m)
  • Height: 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m)
  • Wing area: 459.6 ft (42.7 m)
  • Loaded weight: 44,400 lb (20,100 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 60,000 lb (27,200 kg)
  • Engine: Single 40,000+ lbf (178+ kN) thrust Pratt & Whitney F135 or General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 afterburning turbofan
  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.6+ (1,200 mph, 1,931 km/h)
  • Combat radius: 600 nmi (690 mi, 1,110 km)
  • G-Limit: 9g

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Armament:

  • Guns: Single internal or pod mounted GAU-12/U 25 mm cannon
  • Missiles: Internal: 6 air-air missiles or 2 air-air missile and 2 air-surface weapons
  • External: 2 missiles and 4 missiles/bombs

The first production Lockheed F-35 Lightning II

Lockheed F-35 Lightning II Jet Fighter Plane

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