Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Specification & Technical Data

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth-generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take-off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
RoleStealth multirole fighter
National originUnited States
Primary usersUnited States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, Royal Air Force
ManufacturerLockheed Martin Aeronautics
First flight15 December 2006
Introduction9 December 2015
StatusIn initial production and testing, used for training by U.S
VariantsF-35A, conventional take off and landing (CTOL) variant
F-35B, short-take off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant
F-35C, carrier-based CATOBAR (CV) variant
Number built63
Program cost
Unit costF-35A: US$153.1 million
F-35B: US$196.5 million
F-35C: US$199.4 million
Length 51.4 ft / 15.67 m
Wingspan35 ft / 10.7 m
Height14.2 ft / 4.33 m
Wing area460 ft² / 42.7 m²
Empty weight 29,300 lb / 13,300 kg
Maximum payload49,540 lb / 22,470 kg
Maximum takeoff weight70,000 lb / 31,800 kg
Powerplant1 × Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan
Fuel18,480 lb / 8,382 kg
Maximum speedMach 1.6+
Ferry range1,200 nmi / 2,220 km on internal fuel
Combat radius584 nmi / 1,080 km on internal fuel
Service ceiling60,000 ft / 18,288 m
Rate of climbnot publicly available
Thrust/weight0.87
Guns1 × General Dynamics GAU-22/A Equalizer 25 mm (0.984 in) 4-barreled gatling cannon, internally mounted with 180 rounds
Air to air loadout
Air to ground loadout
Hardpoints6 × external pylons on wings with a capacity of 15,000 lb (6,800 kg)
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  • Jiesheng Li

    Only four internal pylons

    • Billy

      Well actually 6. They don’t count the two on the doors. There are two on the outer doors dedicated for the AIM120 or AIM132’s. So the aircraft always has air to air no matter what mission profile is decided on. Remember the aircraft is designed to get behind enemy lines and knock the door down. You want as small an aircraft as possible. 4 other racks give you plenty of options as far as ordnance packages. The F35 will pound air defenses and enemy aircraft back in coordination with F22’s and then after a few days conventional forces will bring in further hell. For what the F35 brings to the table it’s an amazing platform and will keep our pilots safe and the enemy dead. If you look up information about the aircraft as I have over the past few weeks you will see why I type as I do. I do think Lockheed should be penalized for the cost overruns and the military brass allowed it to happen. But the aircraft itself is amazing.

  • Ryno Lascavio

    Actually, I wish the US would go back to buying Mustang-like planes for the time being. Defeating our enemies in the middle east right now is not going to take super-jets like this. The US could buy or manufacture 10 or 15 smaller planes for the price of this one.

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