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asked questions (FAQs). We invite you to browse both these
questions and their answers at your convenience.
Why is the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
known as the F-35 instead of F-24?
During the announcement of the winner of the JSF
competition, then program manager, LtGen Mike Hough, USMC
stated that the aircraft family would be known as the F-35.
This was not a mistake. Following the announcement, a formal
Mission Designator System (MDS) request was made and approved
by the Department of the Air Force.
When will the F-35 be named?
On July 7th 2006 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen T.
Michael Moseley announced that F-35 would officially be named
the Lightning II.
When is the first flight of the F-35?
The first F-35 to fly will be a Conventional Take-Off
and Landing (CTOL) variant. It is scheduled to fly in the
Fall of 2006. The first flight will occur at the Lockheed
Martin plant in Fort Worth, TX.
How many countries are collaborating
on the JSF project?
The JSF project has 8 Partner countries and 2 Security Cooperative
Participant (SCPs). The 8 Partners include the United Kingdom,
Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and
Norway. The two SCPs are Israel and Singapore.
How many F-35s will the United States
The final number of F-35s to be acquired by the U.S. Air Force,
U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps has not yet been finalized.
It is expected that the combined purchase will surpass 2,000
How many F-35s will the participating
None of the Partner or SCP countries have committed to purchasing
How much thrust does the F-35 engine
The JSF will be powered by a Pratt & Whitney F135
engine producing an excess
of 40,000 pounds of thrust.
Does the F-35 use an afterburner?
Yes, the F135 engine operates in afterburner.
Does the F-35 supercruise?
No, the F135 is not designed to supercruise.
Where can I see the Lockheed Martin
X-35s and the Boeing X-32s?
a. The Lockheed Martin
X-35 A/B is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and
Space Museum Udvar-Hazy center near Dulles International
Airport in Virginia.
b. The Lockheed Martin
X-35C is on display at the Naval Air Museum at Patuxent
River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, MD.
c. Neither the X-32A
nor X-32B have been placed on display. Plans are underway
to display the X-32B at the Naval Air Museum at Patuxent
River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, MD. The X-32A
is in storage at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
Where will the F-35s be tested?
All first flights of the F-35 will occur in Fort Worth, TX.
Further testing will take place at Edwards Air Force Base,
CA and at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.
Where will the U.S. F-35s be based?
It has not yet been decided where the U.S. F-35s will be based.
What aircraft is the F-35 intended
a. For the U.S. Air Force,
the F-35A will replace the A-10 and the F-16
b. For the U.S. Marine
Corps, the F-35B will replace the AV-8B Harrier.
c. For the U.S. Navy,
the F-35C will replace the F/A-18A, B, C, and D as well
as the F-14.