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F-35 Lightning II

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.
Australian Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II  -  Luke Air Force Base, AZ, UNITED STATES 06.27.2018
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Korean F-35 rollout ceremony set up 03-27-2018

Korean F-35 rollout ceremony set up 03-27-2018

Korean F-35 Rollout Ceremony for the first Republic of Korea .ROK Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 AW-01 Joint Strike Fighter .JSF rollout ceremony set up 03-27-2018 at the Lockheed Martin Air Force Plant 4 .H... more

Korea AW-1 (AW-01) Roll Out Ceremony

Korea AW-1 (AW-01) Roll Out Ceremony

Korean F-35 Rollout Ceremony for the first Republic of Korea .ROK Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 AW-01 Joint Strike Fighter .JSF rollout ceremony set up 03-27-2018 at the Lockheed Martin Air Force Plant 4 .H... more

Korea AW-1 (AW-01) Roll Out Ceremony

Korea AW-1 (AW-01) Roll Out Ceremony

Korean F-35 Rollout Ceremony for the first Republic of Korea .ROK Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 AW-01 Joint Strike Fighter .JSF rollout ceremony set up 03-27-2018 at the Lockheed Martin Air Force Plant 4 .H... more

Korea AW-1 (AW-01) Roll Out Ceremony

Korea AW-1 (AW-01) Roll Out Ceremony

Korean F-35 Rollout Ceremony for the first Republic of Korea .ROK Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 AW-01 Joint Strike Fighter .JSF rollout ceremony set up 03-27-2018 at the Lockheed Martin Air Force Plant 4 .H... more

Korean F-35 rollout ceremony set up 18-06011 03-27-2018

Korean F-35 rollout ceremony set up 18-06011 03-27-2018

Lockheed Martin Fort Worth Texas Photo by Alexander H Groves .Requesters: Susan Turner Lori Jones Becky Vance ..Korean F-35 Rollout Ceremony..March 28, 2018 ..03-27-18 ..Fort Worth, Texas ..Air Force Pla... more

Korean F-35 rollout ceremony set up 18-06011 03-27-2018

Korean F-35 rollout ceremony set up 18-06011 03-27-2018

Lockheed Martin Fort Worth Texas Photo by Alexander H Groves .Requesters: Susan Turner Lori Jones Becky Vance .Korean F-35 Rollout Ceremony.March 28, 2018 .03-27-18 .Fort Worth, Texas .Air Force Plant 4 ... more

The  Lockheed Martin F-35 on display at ILA Berlin
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

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

RAF 100 at Horse Guard London

RAF 100 at Horse Guard London

Images of Aircrafts and Aviation

RAF 100 at Horse Guard London

RAF 100 at Horse Guard London

Images of Aircrafts and Aviation

RAF 100 at Horse Guard London

RAF 100 at Horse Guard London

Images of Aircrafts and Aviation

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II"

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II"

The first Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" jet arrived at Luke Air Force Base Dec. 18, 2014. The jet’s arrival marks the first international partner F-35 to arrive for training at Luke.

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" Joint Strike Fighter

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" Joint Strike Fighter

A U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" Joint Strike Fighter from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. escorts a Boeing KC-135R "Stratotanker" from the 336th Air Refueling... more

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" Joint Strike Fighter

Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" Joint Strike Fighter

A U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" Joint Strike Fighter from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. escorts a Boeing KC-135R "Stratotanker" from the 336th Air Refueling... more

U.S. Air Force's Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" scheduled for first operational deployment to Indo-Asia-Pacific

U.S. Air Force's Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" scheduled for fi...

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. David Moore, a Lockheed Martin F-35A "Lightning II" pilot from the 34th Fighter Squadron, climbs out of the cockpit after a flight from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to Joint Base Pearl Har... more

Bird Bath

Bird Bath

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

Fill 'er Up

Fill 'er Up

Two F-35B Joint Strike Fighters conduct the first aerial refueling of its kind with a KC-130J Hercules in the sky above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 2. Previous aerial refueling operations with the F-35 had... more

111015-N-UM734-913

111015-N-UM734-913

111015-N-UM734-913 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct 15, 2011) BF-04 (front) a variant of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lighting II maneuvers after a vertical landing as BF-02 (back), the other variant, approaches the fligh... more

Marine Corps Joint Strike Fighter F-35B

Marine Corps Joint Strike Fighter F-35B

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- On Feb. 26, 2011, an F-35B test aircraft (BF-2) completed its 100th flight with Lockheed Martin test pilot David "Doc" Nelson at the controls. The 100th flight for BF-2 accomplished furth... more