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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is the fifth-generation combat aircraft, a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighter designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions. It has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) variant. The F-35 descends from the Lockheed Martin X-35, the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. It is built by Lockheed Martin and many subcontractors, including Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, and BAE Systems.

The most expensive $400-billion military program ever, the F-35 became the subject of much scrutiny and criticism in the U.S. and in other countries. By 2014, the program was $163 billion over budget and seven years behind schedule. The Air Force’s F-35A appears to be exempt from the major flaws, but the Marine Corps’ vertical-landing F-35B and the Navy’s carrier-compatible F-35C both suffer what the services call “category 1” deficiencies. The problems might also help to explain why US defense secretary Patrick Shanahan reportedly described the F-35 program as “f... up.”

Some NATO members and close U.S. allies, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Canada, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Turkey contribute to its development. These funders generally receive subcontracts to manufacture components for the aircraft.

The U.S. plans to buy 2,663 F-35s, which will provide the bulk of the crewed tactical airpower of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps in coming decades.
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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II, built by Lockheed Martin takes off for its first flight to test the aircraft's initial capability at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II, built by Lockheed Martin t...

Fort Worth, Texas (Dec. 15, 2006) The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II, built by Lockheed Martin takes off for its first flight to test the aircraft's initial capability at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. ... More

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Kristopher Smith gives the thumbs up for pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk to lift an F-35B Lightning II off the flight deck.

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Kristopher Smith gives the ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 04, 2011) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Kristopher Smith gives the thumbs up for pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk to lift an F-35B Lightning II off the flight deck of the amphibious ... More

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks to Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1).

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks to Sailo...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 15, 2011) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks to Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Mabus and Comman... More

Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time.

Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 wi...

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Feb. 22, 2012) Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time. The test measured flying qualities with... More

An informational graphic depicting tje F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter.

An informational graphic depicting tje F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike ...

WASHINGTON (Apr. 04, 2013) An informational graphic depicting the F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. (U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani) File# 130404-N-PM781-005

Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to  Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, prepares to fly the squadron's first F-35C Lightning II local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter.

Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101...

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, prepares to fly the squadron's first F-35C Lightning II local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier ... More

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the second at-sea F-35 developmental test event.

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault s...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2013) An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the second at-sea F-35 developmental test event. The F-35B is the Marine Corps va... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters conducts the first catapult launches aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters conducts t...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 04, 2014) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters conducts the first catapult launches aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The F-35 Lightning II Pax River In... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter launches for the first time from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter launches fo...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 04, 2014) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter launches for the first time from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The F-35 Lightning II Pax R... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter is secured aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter is secured ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 06, 2014) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter is secured aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Ai... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter from the Pax River Integrated Test Force conducts its first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter from the Pa...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 02, 2015) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter from the Pax River Integrated Test Force conducts its first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. E... More

A fighter jet flying through the air at sunset. Military fighter jet test flight

A fighter jet flying through the air at sunset. Military fighter jet t...

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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, prepares to land on the flight deck.

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, prepares to land on the flig... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, prepares to land on the flig... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's fleet replacement squadron, performs a flyover of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant assigned to the Grim Reapers of ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's fleet replacement squadron, performs a flyover of the flight de... More

Media from across the United States spend the day aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) to observe the first ever carrier qualifications of a squadron flying the F-35C and speak with the pilots on how the aircraft performed.

Media from across the United States spend the day aboard USS George Wa...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2016) Media from across the United States spend the day aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) to observe the first ever carrier qualifications of a squadron flying the F-35C and speak w... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, performs a flyover above flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of A...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, performs a flyover above flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Geo... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of A...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS ... More

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft prepares to take off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during flight operations.

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft prepares to take off from the flight de...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 13, 2016) An F-35B Lightning II aircraft prepares to take off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during flight operations. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical l... More

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Glenn Catbagan signals an F-35B Lightning II assigned to the

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Glenn Catbagan signals ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jun. 02, 2018) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Glenn Catbagan signals an F-35B Lightning II assigned to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 aboard the Wasp-... More

Marines assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 conduct diagnostics on an F-35B Lightning II following a missile onload aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

Marines assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 conduct ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 16, 2018) Marines assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 conduct diagnostics on an F-35B Lightning II following a missile onload aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship ... More

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 moves across the landing platform on flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 25, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 moves across the landing platform on flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS ... More

An F-35B Lightning II, attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, launches from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

An F-35B Lightning II, attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMF...

INDIAN OCEAN (Aug. 29, 2018) An F-35B Lightning II, attached to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, launches from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LH... More

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 08, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 launches from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S... More

An F-35B Lightning II attached to the

An F-35B Lightning II attached to the

ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 13, 2018) An F-35B Lightning II attached to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), launches from the flight deck of the Wasp-class a... More

An F-35B Lightning II attached to the

An F-35B Lightning II attached to the

ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 30, 2018) An F-35B Lightning II attached to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Es... More

Ten F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 sit on the flight line, Feb. 27, 2019 at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Ten F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fi...

LEMOORE, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) Ten F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 sit on the flight line, Feb. 27, 2019 at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Vice Adm. DeWo... More

Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray RN, Makes the first ever Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jet take off from HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray RN, Makes the first ever Lockheed Mar...

Two Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jets have successfully landed on board HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, laying the foundations for the next 50 years of fixed wing aviation in support of th... More

An F-35 Flies Over the White House

An F-35 Flies Over the White House

An F-35 fighter aircraft flies over the White House during the visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda Wednesday, June 12, 2019, to the White House. (Official White House ... More

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II"

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II"

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team pilot and commander, performs a vertical climb in a Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" during the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Oct. 14, 2018, in Fort ... More

70 ARS Refuels F-35As - A fighter jet flying through a cloudy blue sky

70 ARS Refuels F-35As - A fighter jet flying through a cloudy blue sky

F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive aerial refuelings from a Travis KC-10 Extender July 13, 2016 on the flight from England to the United States. The fighters were returning to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona afte... More

President Donald J. Trump at Air Force Brigadier General Todd Canterbury

President Donald J. Trump at Air Force Brigadier General Todd Canterbu...

President Donald J. Trump examines an F-35 fighter jet with Air Force pilot Lt. Col. Jason Curtis during a defense capability tour Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (Official White House Phot... More

An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet conducts the first ever night-time flight trials aboard the Royal navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet conducts the first ever night-time fl...

NORTH ATLANTIC (Sep. 28, 2018) An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet conducts the first ever night-time flight trials aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lo... More

X-35C JSF Test Flight - A fighter jet flying in the sky over a body of water

X-35C JSF Test Flight - A fighter jet flying in the sky over a body of...

Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. (Feb. 10, 2001) The naval variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, X-35C, arrives at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, flown by U.S. Marine Corps Major Art "Turbo" T... More

Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England and Australian Minister for Defense Brendan Nelson sign the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Memorandum of Understanding.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England and Australian Minister ...

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 12, 2006) Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England and Australian Minister for Defense Brendan Nelson sign the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Memorandum of Understanding as Secretary of ... More

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II, built by Lockheed Martin takes off for its first flight to test the aircraft's initial capability at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II, built by Lockheed Martin t...

Fort Worth, Texas (Dec. 15, 2006) The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II, built by Lockheed Martin takes off for its first flight to test the aircraft's initial capability at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. ... More

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks with Jeff

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks with Jeff

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jul. 28, 2009) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks with Jeff "Slim" Knowels, an F-35C Lightning II test pilot, while touring the F-35 Production Operations and Integrate... More

An F-35B test aircraft completes its 100th flight with Lockheed Martin test pilot David

An F-35B test aircraft completes its 100th flight with Lockheed Martin...

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Feb. 26, 2011) An F-35B test aircraft completes its 100th flight with Lockheed Martin test pilot David "Doc" Nelson at the controls. The F-35B is the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strik... More

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md) are shown the cockpit of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md...

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Jan. 20, 2012) Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md) are shown the cockpit of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by Captain (USN) Erik "Rock" Etz at Naval Air S... More

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the second at-sea F-35 developmental test event.

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault s...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2013) An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the second at-sea F-35 developmental test event. The F-35B is the Marine Corps va... More

The ceremonial color guard detail assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) parades the colors during America's commissioning ceremony.

The ceremonial color guard detail assigned to the amphibious assault s...

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 11, 2014) The ceremonial color guard detail assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) parades the colors during America's commissioning ceremony. America is the first ship ... More

Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters conduct the first catapult launches aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters conduct t...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 04, 2014) Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighters conduct the first catapult launches aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The F-35 Lightning II Pax River In... More

Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett takes a question from Chief Hospital Corpsman Gerald Lee during an all-hands call.

Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett takes a question fro...

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 05, 2015) Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett takes a question from Chief Hospital Corpsman Gerald Lee during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA ... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 06, 2015) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carr... More

A group of fighter jets flying over a beach. Fighters jets military.

A group of fighter jets flying over a beach. Fighters jets military.

Three fighter jets flying in formation over a beach / Three fighter jets flying in formation over a beach / Public domain stock photo.

 An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, performs a touch-and-go on the flight deck.

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers o...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 15, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, performs a touch-and-go on t... More

Rainbow Sideboys aboard the the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) render honors to U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, program executive officer, F-35 Lighting II Joint Program Office.

Rainbow Sideboys aboard the the aircraft carrier USS George Washington...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 18, 2016) Rainbow Sideboys aboard the the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) render honors to U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, program executive officer, F-35 Lighti... More

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to the

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to the

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 19, 2017) An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 prepares to land on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious ... More

An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the

An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the

PACIFIC OCEAN (Mar. 11, 2018) An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the "Green Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Marine Corps p... More

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Francis Centeno launches an F-35B Lightning II attached to the

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Francis Centeno launche...

GULF OF ADEN (Sep. 07, 2018) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Francis Centeno launches an F-35B Lightning II attached to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 from the flight... More

Observers in the Flyco of the Royal navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)observe the first ever F-35B Lightning II fighter jet vertical landing aboard the ship.

Observers in the Flyco of the Royal navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen El...

NORTH ATLANTIC (Sep. 25, 2018) Observers in the "Flyco" of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)observe the first ever F-35B Lightning II fighter jet vertical landing aboard the ship. The F-... More

An F-35B assigned to the Patuxent River Integrated Test Force continues flight trials aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), Nov. 3, 2018.

An F-35B assigned to the Patuxent River Integrated Test Force continue...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 03, 2018) An F-35B assigned to the Patuxent River Integrated Test Force continues flight trials aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), Nov. 3, 2018. (U.S. Navy ph... More

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1).

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft prepares to land on the flight deck of ...

PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 29, 2019) An F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, the fixed wing component of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Aviation Combat Element,... More

Ten F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 sit on the flight line, Feb. 27, 2019 at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Ten F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fi...

LEMOORE, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) Ten F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 sit on the flight line, Feb. 27, 2019 at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Vice Adm. DeWo... More

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in international airspace in support of Exercise Balikatan 2019.

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squad...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Apr. 05, 2019) An F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in international airspace in supp... More

Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II

Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II

A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II taxis during a combat exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 1, 2019. The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW, along with F-16 Fighting Falcon units from... More

Night Crew, US Marine Corps Photo

Night Crew, US Marine Corps Photo

USS Wasp (LHD-1), At Sea- Marines load ordnance onto an F-35B Lightning II during Operational Testing 1 aboard USS Wasp at sea, May 27. Marines and sailors have been working together since May 18 to assess the... More

Lockheed Martin F-35 "Lightning II's" from Turkey

Lockheed Martin F-35 "Lightning II's" from Turkey

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“salute” the crowd, coming into the hover and turning towards the crowd before turning back and leaving.

“salute” the crowd, coming into the hover and turning towards the crow...

The RAF’s new F-35B Lightning in the hover at the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo. The aircraft came to “salute” the crowd, coming into the hover and turning towards the crowd before turning back and leaving.

Lockheed Martin AW-1 (AW-01) First Flight

Lockheed Martin AW-1 (AW-01) First Flight

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Test Pilot Alan Norman performs a AW-01 First Flight of the F-35 for ROK Republic of Korea, Korean Air Force at Fort Worth, TX

AF-2, Major Jonthan "Spades" Gilbert, Icy Taxi Check Out, Golf, Eielson AFB, AK, 8 November 2017

AF-2, Major Jonthan "Spades" Gilbert, Icy Taxi Check Out, Golf, Eielso...

Lockheed Martin F-35 Icy Runway Testing at Eielson AFB - Maj. Jonathan “Spades” Gilbert, U.S. Air Force F-35 test pilot, demonstrates the handling qualities of the F-35 during icy runway ground testing at Eie... More

Bird Bath, US Marine Corps Photo

Bird Bath, US Marine Corps Photo

Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules aircraft assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252 sit on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 2, 2012. An F-35B Lightning II... More

Royal air force Sqn. Ldr. Andy Edgell, first of class flight trials (fixed wing) lead test pilot, sits in an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet takes off from the Royal navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

Royal air force Sqn. Ldr. Andy Edgell, first of class flight trials (f...

NORTH ATLANTIC (Sep. 25, 2018) Royal Air Force Sqn. Ldr. Andy Edgell, first of class flight trials (fixed wing) lead test pilot, sits in an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet takes off from the Royal Navy aircraft ... More

An F-35C Lightning II from the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

An F-35C Lightning II from the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadro...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2018) An F-35C Lightning II from the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). ... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter conducts a touch and go landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter conducts a ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 03, 2014) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter conducts a touch and go landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Two joint strike fighters are conducting... More

Texas Members of the U.S. Congress and Armed Forces from multiple countries participated in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Inauguration, held at Lockheed Martin Corporation, in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Texas Members of the U.S. Congress and Armed Forces from multiple coun...

Ft. Worth, Texas (Jul. 07, 2006) Texas Members of the U.S. Congress and Armed Forces from multiple countries participated in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Inauguration, held at Lockheed Martin Corporation... More

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead participates in the rollout ceremony for the F-35C Lightning II, the Navy's first-ever stealth fighter.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead participates in the...

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jul. 28, 2009) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead participates in the rollout ceremony for the F-35C Lightning II, the Navy's first-ever stealth fighter. The aircraft will ena... More

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, left, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, and Commandant of the Marine Corps James F. Amos sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, left, Secretary of...

WASHINGTON (Mar. 14, 2011) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, left, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, and Commandant of the Marine Corps James F. Amos sign a Memorandum of... More

Royal Air Force test pilot Squadron Leader Jim Schofield taxis an F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft after his first flight in the carrier variant.

Royal Air Force test pilot Squadron Leader Jim Schofield taxis an F-35...

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Feb. 21, 2012) Royal Air Force test pilot Squadron Leader Jim Schofield taxis an F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft after his first flight in the carrier variant. Schofie... More

Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Canin flies BF-2 during air start testing.

Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Canin flies BF-2 during air start testi...

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., (Aug. 08, 2012) Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Canin flies BF-2 during air start testing. Air starts test the ability of the F-35's propulsion system to restart during flight. Ve... More

F-35 test pilots Marine Corps Maj. C. R. Clift and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks fly BF-2 and BF-4 during a formation flying qualities test.

F-35 test pilots Marine Corps Maj. C. R. Clift and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mich...

ATLANTIC TEST RANGE (Aug. 22, 2012) F-35 test pilots Marine Corps Maj. C. R. Clift and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks fly BF-2 and BF-4 during a formation flying qualities test. Testing formation flying qualities... More

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Robert Blessing signals an AV-8B Harrier jet.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Robert Blessing signals...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jun. 24, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Robert Blessing signals an AV-8B Harrier jet assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 to launch from the amphibious assault ship... More

Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to  Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, walks to the flightline to pilot the first F-35C Lightning II local sortie from Eglin Air Force Base.

Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101...

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, walks to the flightline to pilot the first F-35C Lightning II local sortie from Eglin Air Force... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter is prepared for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter is prepared...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 06, 2014) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter is prepared for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test F... More

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Keyonnia Cook signals to an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Keyonnia Cook signals t...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 06, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Keyonnia Cook signals to an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evalu... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 prepares for take-off aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 06, 2015) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 prepares for take-off aboard the aircraft carrier... More

A fighter jet flying through a cloudy blue sky. Military jet flight flying.

A fighter jet flying through a cloudy blue sky. Military jet flight fl...

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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, launches off the flight deck... More

Rear Adm. Bruce H. Lindsey, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, speaks with Lt. Joe Campbell next to an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101.

Rear Adm. Bruce H. Lindsey, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, speak...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2016) Rear Adm. Bruce H. Lindsey, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, speaks with Lt. Joe Campbell next to an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike... More

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of A...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washin... More

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) prepare to launch an F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the flight deck during flight operations.

Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) prepar...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 13, 2016) Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) prepare to launch an F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the flight deck during flight operations. The F-35B short take... More

Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, the director of Joint Strike Fighter Integration Office, answers questions during a press conference regarding the arrival of the F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter onboard Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, the director of Joint Strike Fighter Integration...

LEMOORE, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017) Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, the director of Joint Strike Fighter Integration Office, answers questions during a press conference regarding the arrival of the F-35C Lightning II joint s... More

Four F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighters fly in formation over Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Four F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighters fly in formation over Na...

LEMOORE, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017) Four F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighters fly in formation over Naval Air Station Lemoore. The F-35C will enhance the flexibility, power projection, and strike capabilities o... More

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, assigned to the

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, assigned to the

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 19, 2017) An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, assigned to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, prepares to land on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibiou... More

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 touches down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1).

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 t...

EAST CHINA SEA (Mar. 05, 2018) An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 touches down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), marking the first time the aircraft has deployed... More

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Atlantic Ocean.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transit...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2018) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Atlantic Ocean. Abraham Lincoln is underway with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 conducting Operational T... More

An F-35B Lightning II attached to the Avengers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

An F-35B Lightning II attached to the Avengers of Marine Fighter Attac...

INDIAN OCEAN (Sep. 02, 2018) An F-35B Lightning II attached to the Avengers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Ess... More

n F-35B Lightning II fighter jet, attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, launches from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

n F-35B Lightning II fighter jet, attached to Marine Fighter Attack Sq...

ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 07, 2018) An F-35B Lightning II fighter jet, attached to the "Avengers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, launches from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship US... More

Two F-35C Lightning II fighter jets, attached to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, fly in formation for a photo exercise in Lemoore, Calif., Nov. 16, 2018.

Two F-35C Lightning II fighter jets, attached to the Argonauts of Stri...

LEMOORE, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2018) Two F-35C Lightning II fighter jets, attached to the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, fly in formation for a photo exercise in Lemoore, Calif., Nov. 16, 2018. VF... More

Marines assigned to the F-35B Lightning II detachment of Medium Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) load an inert Guided Bomb Unit-12 Paveway onto an F-35B fighter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1).

Marines assigned to the F-35B Lightning II detachment of Medium Marine...

PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 26, 2019) Marines assigned to the F-35B Lightning II detachment of Medium Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) load an inert Guided Bomb Unit-12 Paveway onto an F-35B fighter ab... More

An F-35C Lightning II attached to the

An F-35C Lightning II attached to the

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (Feb. 01, 2019) An F-35C Lightning II attached to the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, assigned to Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing, completes a flight over Egli... More

 An F-35B Lightning II aircraft attached to the F-35B detachment of the

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft attached to the F-35B detachment of th...

PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 09, 2019) An F-35B Lightning II aircraft attached to the F-35B detachment of the "Flying Tigers" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) takes off from the flight deck of... More

An F-35 Flies Over the White House

An F-35 Flies Over the White House

An F-35 fighter aircraft flies over the South Portico of the White House during the visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda Wednesday, June 12, 2019, to the White House. ... More

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Joint Strike Fighter"

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Joint Strike Fighter"

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Lockheed Martin F-35 "Lightning II"

Lockheed Martin F-35 "Lightning II"

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Lockheed Martin F-35 testing

Lockheed Martin F-35 testing

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The  Lockheed Martin F-35 on display at ILA Berlin

The Lockheed Martin F-35 on display at ILA Berlin

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Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time.

Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 wi...

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Feb. 22, 2012) Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time. The test measured flying qualities with... More

The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flies for the first time with external weapons.

The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flies for the fir...

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Jun. 27, 2012) The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flies for the first time with external weapons. Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert flew CF-1 with inert AIM-9X Sidewi... More

Maj. C. R. Clift, a Marine Corps test pilot, flies BF-1, an F-35B Lightning II, on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission.

Maj. C. R. Clift, a Marine Corps test pilot, flies BF-1, an F-35B Ligh...

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Dec. 07, 2012) Maj. C. R. Clift, a Marine Corps test pilot, flies BF-1, an F-35B Lightning II, on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission. The flight marked the 1000th developmen... More

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