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F-35A Lightning II

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Lockheed Martin

F-35A Lightning II

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2D drawing F-35AThe Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters.
The fifth-generation combat aircraft is 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 F-35 first flew on 15 December 2006.

In July 2015, the United States Marines declared its first squadron of F-35B fighters ready for deployment.
However, the DOD-based durability testing indicated the service life of early-production F-35B aircraft is well under the expected 8,000 flight hours, and may be as low as 2,100 flight hours.
Lot 9 and later aircraft include design changes but service life testing has yet to occur.

The U.S. Air Force declared its first squadron of F-35As ready for deployment in August 2016.
The U.S. Navy declared its first F-35Cs ready in February 2019.
In 2018, the F-35 made its combat debut with the Israeli Air Force.

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.
Deliveries of the F-35 for the U.S. military are scheduled until 2037 with a projected service life up to 2070.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters.
The fifth-generation combat aircraft is 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 first flew on 15 December 2006.

Version: A

The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant intended for the U.S. Air Force and other air forces.
It is the smallest, lightest F-35 version and is the only variant equipped with an internal cannon, the GAU-22/A.
This 25 mm cannon is a development of the GAU-12 carried by the USMC’s AV-8B Harrier II.
It is designed for increased effectiveness against ground targets compared to the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon carried by other USAF fighters.

In 2011, the Marina Militare was preparing Grottaglie Air Station for F-35B operations; they are to receive 22 aircraft between 2014 and 2021, with the aircraft carrier Cavour set to be modified to operate them by 2016.

Source & more info: wikipedia.org

Last update: 5 October 2019

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