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HA4613 F-35B Lightning II (pseudo scheme) 49-8751, ADTW, JASDF, Gifu Air Base

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 Japan Air Self Defense force Air Development and Test Wing is located at Gifu AB and is responsible for the testing and accrediting new aircraft and technology. As part of the program F-35B 49-8751 was sent to the ADTW to be used in their studies. The JASDF initially ordered 42 F-35As and later an additional order for 105 F-35s. There will be 63 more F-35As and 42 F-35Bs. The F-35Bs will be deployed on the JS Izumo and JS Kaga when these ships have been overhauled to accommodate the Lightning II.

Specifications Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Role – Multi-role stealth fighter
First Flight – December 16, 2006
Crew
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 and 40,500 lbs vertical. 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 Weapons Payload – 18,000 lbs (8,160 kg) F-35B 2 x AIM-120C air-to-air missiles 2 x 1,000 lb GBU32 JDAM guided bombs F-35C 2 x AIM-120C air-to-air missiles 2 x 2,000 pound GBU-31 JDAM guided bombs