PHOTO: F-35 opens kimono



Here’s our first peak inside the F-35 weapons day in the air, courtesy of this May 2010 brief by Lockheed Martin deputy director of F-35 vehicle systems Doug Hayward. I see one AMRAAM and one 2,000lb JDAM inside each bay, a standard load-out. The aircraft appears to be the now-retired AA-1 flight test aircraft.

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3 Responses to PHOTO: F-35 opens kimono

  1. Gary from Oz 24 September, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Not exactly stealthy in that configuration!

  2. Znapel 25 September, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Love the blog, one of my favorites in my defense RSS feed. I wanted to point out that that picture has been out on the interwebs for months. The JSF site has a pretty good gallery. They have this pic, as well as a couple of others in the same series in really high-res (can count rivets). Worth checking out. They don’t update it too often, but it’s worth swinging by monthly or so. They even have older historical X-plane (Boeing and LockMart) stuff.

    Here’s a link to the image: http://www.jsf.mil/images/gallery/sdd/f35_test/a/sdd_f35testa_070.jpg

    Znapel

  3. Beula Miecznikowski 27 September, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    A lady is required to have wealth and a space of her own if she is to create fiction.

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