Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II

2006

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Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II

The F-35 Lightning II - descended from the X-35 of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program - is a single-seat, single-engined military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air-to-air combat. Its development is being funded by the United States, the United Kingdom, and other partner governments. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin and major partners BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman. Demonstrator aircraft flew in 2000; a production model first took flight on 15 December 2006.

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Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II

Specification 
 MODELF-35 Lightning II
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x 12700kg Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan + 1 x 8170kg Rolls-Royce Lift System
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight27200 kg59966 lb
  Empty weight12000 kg26456 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan10.65 m35 ft 11 in
  Length15.37 m50 ft 5 in
  Height5.28 m17 ft 4 in
  Wing area42.7 m2459.62 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed1930 km/h1199 mph
  Range2200 km1367 miles
 ARMAMENT1 x 25mm cannon

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Heinkel Wulf, e-mail, 24.03.2018 15:09

The Pierre Sprey parroting armchair aviators are out in force it seems. @TORBJÖRN KAMPE You couldn't be more off base if you tried. The F35s lift system was developed from another mid 20th century American STOVL project.

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TORBJÖRN KAMPE, e-mail, 20.03.2018 01:54

BAD COPY OF JAK-141. SORRY.
WHY DO NOT FLY A CANARD VARIANT OF HARRIER. MORE COULD AND MORE CURRENCY FOR MONEY. F-35 A BIG HAPPY HELL IT.
FLY ....
YAK-141 OR HARRIER.

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mike, e-mail, 14.10.2017 12:53

Neither the harrier or forger were copies of this aircraft. They are of an earlier generation and this aircraft is not a copy of them either.

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Timothy Potter, e-mail, 26.09.2017 11:21

This amazing plane is the world's first hydrogen gas powered aircraft which could take off from a roof-top and was copied by Yakovlev to become the "Forger" which in turn was copied by Hawker to become the Harrier. Except the Forger could only carry 10 passengers and the Harrier couldn't carry nuclear rockets.

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david fullam, e-mail, 06.04.2017 00:31

And we couldn't have a huge run of the F 22 as it was "too expensive." The mind boggles.

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John Walkinshaw, e-mail, 20.04.2015 18:43

The U.S. Navy is not intending to purchase the VSTOL version of this aircraft, hence the requirement of a tail hook.For an aircraft that first flew in 2006, it is one heck of delay in getting into service. I personally, do not believe this aircraft will be worth a fraction of the proposed cost per airframe. It will inevitably end up as did the Eurofighter,
grossly over budget, way too late and out of date. The United States is renowned for producing remarkable aircraft, somehow, I don't think this will fall into that category.

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udummy, e-mail, 06.10.2013 03:45

Lucifer we have contacted the fcc about your remarks. You will be getting a visit soon. Next time try to hide your IP address .

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Matt, e-mail, 28.03.2013 14:50

This aircraft should never have lost its 'X' factor and remained experimental. Its design is severely flawed and will never amount to anything as its too expensive. 2016 is looking like a remote chance, unless they redesign everything its going to be 20never

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Isaac, e-mail, 21.11.2012 05:33

This aircraft is not going to be in service until 2016

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Scott Boyd, e-mail, 28.07.2012 03:58

I believe there are three version a land a carrier version and the STOL version.

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Klaatu83, e-mail, 27.07.2012 16:36

I have read that the U.S. Navy is rejecting this aircraft for carrier operations because it lacks an effective tail hook. What does a VTOL aircraft need with a tail hook? Madness!

I have also read that the Marines don't like it because if it takes off from a paved surface the jet blast will blast the super-expensive stealth coating off the bottom of the aircraft. More madness!

Surely The people who design aircraft such as this one must live in a bubble, completely outside the realm of reality!

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paul scott, e-mail, 12.07.2012 22:24

There's no reason to pay more than £20 million for any fighter, what can they all do apart from have speed and range, perhaps payload. The F-15 Eagle is probably still the best all-round aircraft (I know it's expensive now, but not as much as these) Yes, the V /TOL VTOL is impressive but what's the real point of any costly aircraft when you can only have less than 200 of them (Take the Raptor), or maybe just 20, 30, 40, 50 if you're lucky.

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paul scott, e-mail, 12.07.2012 22:23

There's no reason to pay more than £20 million for any fighter, what can they all do apart from have speed and range, perhaps payload. The F-15 Eagle is probably still the best all-round aircraft (I know it's expensive now, but not as much as these) Yes, the V /TOL VTOL is impressive but what's the real point of any costly aircraft when you can only have less than 200 of them (Take the Raptor), or maybe just 20, 30, 40, 50 if you're lucky.

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hamid, 09.12.2011 07:03

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John G, e-mail, 06.11.2011 07:27

At around $160 million a copy, this plane represents a defense establishment run amok. Can we really afford this madness? And for defending against what, or whom? Naturally, Lockheed is already pushing for a replacement for the F-35, likely to cost us $250 million a copy.

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Alex, e-mail, 30.10.2011 17:17

My favorite plane

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a.machiaverna, e-mail, 27.09.2011 08:56

Peace through power.

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mitraabadi, e-mail, 05.04.2011 07:22

the great machine killer for humanism, specialist for usa goverment....

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Mpho Molefhi, e-mail, 07.01.2011 13:21

All I can say is great innovation...I hope to see one live.

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wes boll, e-mail, 19.09.2010 01:40

Is max altitude classified???? If not, what might that be??

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