[Composite Image] F-35A AF-1 completing a 360-degree roll with external load

Feb 22 2014 - 5 Comments

Composite image, built from 17 photos of the F-35 doing an aileron roll.

The maneuver itself is far from being special. It’s a standard 360-degree roll, that the F-35A AF-1 completes with external weapons load (4 x GBU-12s and 2 AIM-9Xs).

Still, the composite image is quite interesting as it shows the whole maneuver in a singole composite photo, which shows the Joint Strike Fighter lost some altitude during the roll.

Image credit: Matthew Short via Lockheed Martin/Code One


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  • Sir Arthur Dayne

    Wow, LM showing us its crappy stealth (without weapons under its wings) jet is capable of doing a complete roll with external loads….damned that day when Italy decided to purchase and build these useless overrated aircrafts…we should just have a fleet of swing role Typhoon Tranche3 backed up by some weaponized Aermacchi T-346…

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  • Dave

    For a second there I thought it was a flying formation :D

  • Juan Manuel Tamayo Chinchia

    Epic moment pass in my eyes, i hope the moment to fly a some aircraft.

  • Ed

    I don’t think he was implying otherwise.