Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA4429 Lockheed F-35A Lightning II CAF (mock-up),
Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, 2010

The Lockheed F-35 is an advanced stealth fifth generation fighter combining speed and superb agility. There are three variants; F-35A, B and C. The F-35A CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing) and has four internal weapons stations in two weapons bays plus three optional external weapons stations. The F-35B STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) variant while the F-35C is a CV (Carrier Variant). The F-35 will replace the USAF A-10 and F-16, the F/A-18 for the USN and the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the USMC.

The F-35 has become a political football in Canada. In 2010 the Conservative Prime Minister announced the government would purchase 65 F-35s by 2020 to replace the CF-18. To sell this decision a wooden mock-up of the F-35 was made and displayed at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa. In 2012 an Auditor General’s report stated the costs were very understated and the purchase was halted. In the 2015 election the Liberals promised to cancel the order and ever since the F-35 has been in limbo even in 2022.

Specifications Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Role – Multi-role stealth fighter
First Flight – December 16, 2006
F-35A CTOL – 1 F-35B STOVL – 1 F-35C CV – 1
Powerplant
F-35A – 1 x Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100, 40,000 lbs thrust with afterburner,25,000 lbs without.
F-35B – 1 x Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-600, 38,000 lbs thrust with afterburner,26,000 lbs without
F-35C - 1 x Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100, 40,000 lbs thrust with afterburner,25,000 lbs without. Internal Fuel Capacity
F-35A - 18,250 lbs (8,278 kg)
F-35B – 13,500 lbs (6,125 kg)
F-35C – 19,750 lbs (8,960 kg)
Weights
Empty F-35A – 29,300 lbs (13,000 kg)
F-35B – 32,300 lbs (14,700 kg)
F-35C – 34,800 lbs (15,800 kg)
Maximum
F-35A – 70,000 lbs (31,800 kg)
F-35B – 60,000lbs (27,300 kg)
F-35C – 70,000 lbs (31,800 kg)
Dimensions
F-35A Length – 51.4 ft (15.7 m) Wingspan – 35 ft (10.7 m) Height – 14.4 ft (4.38 m)
F-35B Length – 51.2 ft (15.6 m) Wingspan – 35 ft (10.7 m) Height – 14.3 ft (4.36 m)
F-35C Length – 51.5 ft (15.7 m) Wingspan – 43 ft (13.1 m) Height – 14.7 ft (4.48 m)
Performance
Speed with full internal weapons load
F-35A – Mach 1.6
F-35B – Mach 1.6
F-35C – Mach 1.6
Combat Radius with internal fuel
F-35A – 590 nm (1,093 km)
F-35B – 450 nm (833 km)
F-35C – 600 nm (1,100 km)
Range with internal fuel
F-35A – 1,200 nm (2,200 km)
F-35B – 900 nm (1,667 km)
F-35C – 1,200 nm (2,200 km)
Weapons (Standard Internal)
F-35A 1 x 25 mm GAU-22/A cannon 2 x AIM-120C air-to-air missiles 2 x 2,000 pound GBU-31 JDAM guided bombs
F-35B 1 x 25 mm GAU-22/A cannon 2 x AIM-120C air-to-air missiles 2 x 1,000 lb GBU32 JDAM guided bombs
F-35C 1 x 25 mm GAU-22/A cannon 2 x AIM-120C air-to-air missiles 2 x 2,000 pound GBU-31 JDAM guided bombs