Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

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An F-35A Lightning II arrives at Hill AFB in Utah on September 13th, 2013.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a multirole stealth fighter used in several nations air forces and navies. The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant.

The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 took its first flight on December 15th, 2006. The United States plans to buy 3,212 aircraft. The F-35 variants are intended to provide the bulk of its tactical airpower for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy over the coming decades. Despite some delays, the F-35 has achieved Full Operational Capability and is entering squadron service in various air forces and navies around the world.

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A pair of F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighters.

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