Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power
HA4614 F-35B Lightning II "Beast Mode" ZM148, RAF 617 Sqn,
HMS Queen Elizabeth, "Op. FORTIS" 2021

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.

On May 1, 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth to take part in “Operation Strike Warrior/ Operation Fortis 2021”. This is the first operational deployment of the UK Carrier Strike Group since 2011. This is the largest deployment in the world of the F-35. It is also the first time the ship has sailed with a full complement. One of the F-35s onboard is ZM148 (BK-14) modex 014. The aircraft was seen in “Beast Mode” armament, two internal Paveway IV, two AIM-132 and two AIM-120 AMRAAMs. Up to 22,000 lbs of firepower.

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