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Old 02-22-2006, 11:23 AM   #1
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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.
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is that really the color of it?
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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.
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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.

BTW...nothing will replace the Fairchild OA-10 II Thuderbolt [warthog]. That flimsy little thing of a fighter wont beable to take the abuse of low flying tank killing or troop support missons. Besides, if you put the GAU-8A Cannon in that thing[F-35], it would rip right out the back end of the aircraft. Atop the fact that only has one engine and the electronic suite on that isnt FBW[flybywire], therefore if it took any flak or ground fire, it would be toast. There have been times when the Hogs have came back on barely two wings and one engine. It is the most formitable low flying ground attack aircraft ever created, and unless they come up with something just as burly, the A-10 will be around, even in the reserves for a long time. Just my .02 from working side by side with AF Warthog pilots.
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meet your maker osama!!!! LOL
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oh I want one
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Good now that the F/A-18E/F'ers will have to STFU about being the newest bla-bla-bla.

RIP F-14'*
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I hope they are still planning on using the F22 Raptor. The 35 is definitely an awesome aircraft, but the F22 is even better!!!
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