Originally Posted by 96SSEi_tampa
I love the JSF. :P It'* hard to tell from the photos but it looks like it may be the Airforce variant of the F-35.
The F-35 is a multi-role airframe designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F/A-18 Hornet and F-16 Fighting Falcon/Viper. The F-35 will be available in three variants:
F-35A: Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL)
F-35B: Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL)
F-35C: Carrier Based Variant (CV)
The F-35A will be the lightest of the bunch as it is the most conventional design. It will take off and land like a typical modern day fighter (i.e. F-22 Raptor). The F-35B will be the most complex design as it will have an exhaust nozzle that can rotate down 90 degrees and can be used in conjunction with a lift fan located behind the cockpit to accomplish vertical take-offs and landings. The F-35C variant is destined to naval service and will feature larger wings and control surfaces along with a beefed up undercarriage to handle carrier duties.