The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: F-35 Lightning II

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  • U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin

Function: Multirole Fighter

Service Date: 2011

Speed: 1,200 mph

Crew: One

Production: 1,763 (planned)

Commentary: USAF’s F-35A will replace its current force of F-16 and A-10 aircraft with a stealthy multirole fighter that will comprise the bulk of USAF’s fighter fleet for up to 50 years.