[Photo] All three F-35 variants fly together for the first time

F-35A, F-35B and F-35C Joint Strike Fighters flying together.

A nice photo lets you compare the shape and size of the three variants of the F-35 Lightining II multi-role aircraft flying together for the first time.

From right to left, F-35A CTOL (Conventional Take Off Landing), F-35B STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing), F-35C Carrier Variant, and F-35A CTOL.

Image credit: Lockheed Martin

 

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7 Comments

    • I thought so – the A & B both have the same wingspan, right? But the C has a larger wing to aid low speed handling when coming in to land on deck, right?

    • I know right? Every country has three distinctly different 5th generation production fighters flying side by side for photo ops.

  1. Wrong, it’s, from right to left:
    A, B, C, A.

    The B has a larger fuselage just behind the canopy, with its vertical lift fan inside.

    I know the thing’s still ugly, but come on, you’re aviationists !

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