Lockheed Martin F-35C video

Lockheed Martin released this video extolling the virtues of the F-35C, which recently started operations at Eglin AFB, Florida, with the VFA-101 Grim Reapers squadron.F13-18304

Immediately noticeable are the naval variant’s larger wings—which also fold–its larger control surfaces and beefed up landing gear. However, while those large wings and control surfaces afford it better low-speed handling characteristics and better sustained turn performance than the other two variants, it comes at a price. The F-35C is not nearly as spritely as the A and B model jets in terms of acceleration.[youtube]http://youtu.be/_TLx2lQaXxU[/youtube]

Though the jet is entering service with VFA-101 for training purposes, the F-35C still has to prove itself at sea onboard a carrier. Those trials will take place next year—with particular attention being paid to its redesigned tail-hook, which prior to being resigned, had proven to be problematic.

Personally, I’ve always thought this is the sharpest looking version of the Joint Strike Fighter.

2 Responses to Lockheed Martin F-35C video

  1. puppethead 11 October, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    The ‘C definitely has a presence, a meatiness, lacking in the ‘A and ‘B – for one,the twin wheel nosegear helps it look more butch. Plus the US Navy knows how to paint a ‘plane for effect – a couple of those recent centenary celebration schemes should’ve been made fleet standard!

  2. Roberts150 13 October, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    They should Ferris scheme the paint job!


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