Immediately noticeable are the naval variant’s larger wings—which also fold–its larger control surfaces and beefed up landing gear. However, while those large wings and control surfaces afford it better low-speed handling characteristics and better sustained turn performance than the other two variants, it comes at a price. The F-35C is not nearly as spritely as the A and B model jets in terms of acceleration.[youtube]http://youtu.be/_TLx2lQaXxU[/youtube]
Though the jet is entering service with VFA-101 for training purposes, the F-35C still has to prove itself at sea onboard a carrier. Those trials will take place next year—with particular attention being paid to its redesigned tail-hook, which prior to being resigned, had proven to be problematic.
Personally, I’ve always thought this is the sharpest looking version of the Joint Strike Fighter.