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HA6205 Lockheed Martin F-35C 169601, VMFA-314, US Marines, June 2019

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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.

Created as VMF-314 in 1943 the squadron was known as the “Bob Cats”. In 1957 they became VMF(AW)-314 “Black Knights” but in 1961 they became VMFA-314 and were the first USMC unit to equip with the F-4B. 2019 saw the “Black Knights” begin to transition to the F-35C and once again were the first USMC unit to fly new aircraft types. F-35C 169601 was the first aircraft to receive VMFA-314 markings and was on display at Tinker AFB air show in June 2019. VMFA-314 makes it home at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California

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
Compared to the F-35A, the F-35C carrier variant features larger wings with foldable wingtip sections, larger wing and tail control surfaces for improved low-speed control, stronger landing gear for the stresses of carrier arrested landings, a twin-wheel nose gear, and a stronger tail hook for use with carrier arrestor cables. The larger wing area allows for decreased landing speed while increasing both range and payload
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