F-35C Unveiled

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The F-35C carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter program was officially unveiled to the public on July 28 at the Lockheed Martin production facility in Fort Worth. Speakers at the rollout ceremony included Tom Burbage, BrigGen David Heinz, and ADM Gary Roughead, the executive vice president of the program, the program executive officer, and and chief of naval operations respectively. The plane that was rolled out is the first F-35C built to fly and will undergo extensive testing before taking its first flight in winter of this year. It will be designated CF-1 and will be a key test plane to precede full scale production of the JSF in 2015, much of which will take place in the Fort Worth complex. CF-1 will execute the first real-world carrier trials to hopefully confirm the JSFs viability as a naval fighter. The F-35C will be the largest Joint Strike Fighter variant incorporating the largest payload capability and the longest range. It will use the CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off But Arrested Recovery) system to launch and land on US naval Nimitz Class carriers. It is a revolutionary system that for the first time will provide stealth 5th generation technology to the Navy.The launch of CF-1 will be a huge milestone in the epically large Joint Strike Fighter program to deliver some 3,100 planes to the US and its allies and to serve through 2040.




Video loop shown at the seremony featuring a CGI demo of the F-35C taking off from a carrier deck.

F-35C First Flight B-Roll

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The CTOL carrier variant of the F-35 program for the Navy, the F-35C, achieved its first successful flight on June 6, 2010 from NAS Ft. Worth. The flight lasted 57 minutes and was piloted by former lead F-117 test pilot Jeff “Slim” Knowles. The plane flew under the title of CF-1 with planes CF-2 and CF-3 scheduled to fly before the end of the year. The F-35C was unveiled 11 months ago and the first test flight has been delayed several times until this month.


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F-35C First Carrier Test

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F-35C Simulated Carrier Landing The first simulated carrier landing was conducted during the competition with Boeing while still designated X-35. The test landing was done on a long runway on land for safety but the signal lights and other features of an aircraft carrier where layed out like a real landing. You will see that the plane comes in at a steep angle to simulate grabbing the arresting cable with the tail hook. The pilot will put down the forward landing gear much quicker than a usual on-land touchdown, which is standard on the extremely short landing deck of a carrier. Instead of slowing to a stop, the pilot pushes the throttle all the way up and takes right back off again. This is also a simulation of an arrested landing where the pilot needs enough thrust to take back off again in case he misses the cable. The cable is strong enough that if the plane catches it, it will hold even at full throttle.


F-35C Specifications

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Official Name: F-35C Lightning II.
Manufactured: Lockheed Martin (USA).
Role: Stealth multirole fighter.
Status: Under development.
First Flight: December 15, 2006.
Deployment: Scheduled for 2011.
Crew: 1.
Length: 51.5 ft.
Height: 14.9 ft.
Wingspan: 43 ft.
Wing Area: 668 sq. ft.
Weight Empty: 34,800 lbs.
Weight Loaded: 44,400 lbs.
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 70,000 lbs.
Internal Fuel: 20,085 lbs.
Maximum Speed: 1,200 mph (Mach 1.6+).
Range: 1,400 nmi.
Combat Radius: 640 nmi.
Powerplant: Single Pratt & Whitney F135 or GE F136.
Dry Thrust: 25,000 lbs.
Afterburner Thrust: 40,000 lbs.
Service Ceiling: 60,000 ft.
Thrust/Weight Ratio: 100% fuel: 0.81. 50% fuel: 1.01.


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