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F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Variant


Modern security challenges require a wide distribution of forces and the ability to operate successfully in a broad range of scenarios. Protecting freedom and ensuring security in today’s battlespace calls for an unprecedented aircraft.

For the first time in aviation history, the most lethal fighter characteristics – supersonic speed, radar-evading stealth, extreme agility and short takeoff/vertical landing capability (STOVL) – have been combined in a single platform; the F-35B.

With the F-35B in their fleet, expeditionary forces, like the U.S. Marine Corps, have a decisive advantage over their adversaries. The F-35B’s versatility, as demonstrated onboard the USS WASP (LHD-1), will revolutionize expeditionary combat power in all threat environments by allowing operations from major bases, damaged airstrips, remote locations and a wide range of air-capable ships.

The F-35B gives warfighters the ability to accomplish their mission, wherever and whenever duty calls.

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F-35B Specifications

  Length 51.2 ft /
15.6 m
  Height 14.3 ft /
4.36 m
  Wingspan 35 ft /
10.7 m
  Wing area 460 sq ft /
42.7 sq m
  Horizontal tail span

21.8 ft /
6.65 m

  Weight empty 32,300 lb
  Internal fuel capacity 13,100 lb
  Weapons payload 15,000 lb /
6,800 kg
  Standard internal weapons load

Two AIM-120C air-to-air missiles

Two 1,000-pound GBU-32 JDAM guided bombs

  Maximum weight 60,000 lb class
(uninstalled thrust ratings)

38,000 lb Max.
26,000 lb Mil.
40,500 lb Vertical

  Speed (full internal weapons load) Mach 1.6 (~1,200 mph)
  Combat radius
(internal fuel)
>450 nm /
833 km
(internal fuel)
>900 nm / 
1,667 km
  Max g-rating 7.0

*Maximum Power (Max) = with afterburner; Military Power (Mil) = without afterburner; Vertical = without afterburner