Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
F-35C с крылом большой площади предназначен для эксплуатации с авианосцев ВМС США и Великобритании. Возможно, что самолет закажут ВВС Великобритании.
F-35C с крылом большей площади выглядит среди всех вариантов Lightning II наиболее эстетично (если об эстетике в данном случае говорить вообще можно). За счет меньшей нагрузки на крыло F-35C обладает более высокой, в сравнении с другими вариантами, маневренностью.
Самый красивый из всех вариантов истребителя - F-35C с большим крылом. В 2006 году F-35 получил имя Lightning II в честь истребителя Lockheed P-38.
Дозаправка F-35C от "летающего танкера" KC-10
Lockheed Martin delivered the final F-35C Lightning II to be used by the Integrated Test Force at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on December 11, 2012. The aircraft (CF-5) arrived from Fort Worth, Texas, flown by Lt Cmdr Michael Burks. It will be used primarily for ship suitability and high angle of attack tests.
Опытная буксировка F-35C по аэродрому с внешней подвеской бомб
F-35C CF-08 is the first carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter to be assigned to the Joint Operational Test Team based at Edwards Air Force Base.
Aviation technicians look on as the pilot of an F-35C works through pre-flight checks.
Первый опытный старт F-35C с экспериментальной электромагнитной катапульты
Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) ‘Grim Reapers' is the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron currently based at Eglin Air Force Base in northern Florida. Although unconfirmed, the Grim Reapers are likely to move to NAS Lemoore as per the October 2, 2014 announcement.
Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II BuNo 168733/'NJ-101' (CF-6) is the first example of the type for the US Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) 'Grim Reapers'. The aircraft is due to be delivered to Eglin AFB, Florida, where it will be used for training with the multi-service Integrated Training Center operated by the 33rd Fighter Wing. The F-35C will arrive at Eglin by the end of February or early March. VFA-101 previously served as the fleet replenishment squadron for the Grumman F-14 Tomcat before being disestablished in 2005.
The first production Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II (BuNo. 168733, CF-6) completed its maiden flight on February 14, 2013 at Fort Worth, Texas. It will be delivered to Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) 'Grim Reapers' at Eglin AFB, Florida, later this year, becoming the initial example of the Carrier Variant with the Fleet Replacement Squadron.
The US Navy welcomed its first F-35C production aircraft BuNo 168733/‘NJ101 ’ at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on June 24, 2013. The aircraft is being used for F-35 pilot and maintainer training.
At a projected cost of $270 million each, the US Navy's F-35C carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is an expensive jet to operate from super carriers.
Four F-35Cs from VFA-101 overfly the USS George Washington with tail hooks lowered on their departure back to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
В полете палубные F-35C и F/A-18F
F-35C Lightning II CF-05/SD75 released the first AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) instrumented test article from its internal weapons bay (which also housed an AIM-120 AMRAAM) over the Atlantic Test Ranges on March 23, 2016.
F-35C CF-05/‘SD75’, flown by Lt Cdr Ted Dyckman, turns on to final approach for his first arrested landing onboard USS Nimitz on November 3, 2014. This was flight 91 for aircraft CF-05.
F-35C Lightning II CF-05 over the flight deck of the USS George Washington immediately before catching the wire. The aircraft is loaded with one inert GBU-12 laser-guided bomb.
The F-35C Lightning II Carrier variant undertook its initial at- sea trials aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in November 2014.
Aircraft CF-05 approaches the flight deck with Cdr Christian Sewell at the controls.
An F-35C Lightning II of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) ‘Salty Dogs' performs an arrested landing on the USS George Washington (CVN 73). The US Navy has announced that Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) ‘Argonauts’ will be its first operational F-35C unit.
A perfect three-wire trap on November 12, 2014 by Cdr Sewell, following an approach under high-wind conditions.
CF-05 catches the number two wire in the hands of Cdr Elliott Clemence, at the end of the aircraft's 95th flight on November 5, 2014.
An aircraft captain signals a command to Cdr Wilson at the end of a flight in CF-03 on November 9, 2014.
The F-35C test team aboard the USS Nimitz on November 14, 2014 after the conclusion of DTI.
A group of aviation technicians assigned to VFA-101 pose for the camera.
A plane handler directs the pilot of F-35C CF-03 on to catapult one of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for a test mission flown during DT II.
Aircraft CF-05 on a port side deck elevator immediately forward of the ship’s island.
F-35C CF-03 taxiing to its parking position after Cdr Tony Wilson completed its 189th flight on November 8, 2014.
Aircraft CF-03 (flight 184) piloted by Cdr Tony Wilson and CF-05 (flight 93) piloted by Lt Cdr Dyckman wait for launch from the bow catapults of the USS Nimitz.
The shooter’s view across the deck of aircraft CF-03 on catapult two from inside the integrated Catapult Control System.
The F-35’s windshield and canopy showing the embedded charges activated in the event of an ejection.
Cdr Clemence gives signals a ‘thumbs up' to the flight deck crew after catching the number two-wire on the USS Nimitz on November 5, 2014.
The catapult officer signals to the flight deck crew as the aircraft's nose bar engages with the shuttle on catapult two.
F-35C Lightning II CF-03/'73’ assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) ‘Salty Dogs' loaded with two 1,000 lb GBU-12 laser-guided bombs ready for launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during DT III.
Aircraft CF-05 launches on its 101st flight, with Elliot Clemence in the cockpit, on November 12, 2014. This was a high-energy launch from catapult four.
Based on the AFRL's requirements P&W's AETD design should provide 10% higher maximum thrust than the F135 but be 25% more fuel efficient.
F-35C Lightning II CF-05 takes off from the USS George Washington on a pilot carrier qualification flight on August 15, 2016.
Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II BuNo 168733/'NJ-101' arrives at Eglin AFB, Florida, on June 22, 2013.
The first F-35C production aircraft BuNo 168733/'NJ101 ’ at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, with its wings folded.
A sailor signals to the pilot during pre-flight checks on the flight line at Naval Air Station Lemoore.
A red visor cover denotes the squadron colours of VFA-101.
Церемония выкатки первого палубного истребителя 5-го поколения F-35CF-1 Lightning II
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