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Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II

By Htam
Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II

@ Salinas, CA

October 2021

The 2021 California International Airshow Salinas featured this F-35C based at NAS Lemoore, seen here trailing vapor during a photo pass.  The F-35C variant is designed to operate from aircraft carriers and features larger wings with folding wingtips, larger control surfaces, stronger landing gear, twin-wheel nose gear, and a stronger tailhook.  The larger wing area allows for decreased landing speed while increasing both range and payload.  The F-35C first flew in 2010, and the U.S. Navy declared the F-35C combat ready in February 2019.  This aircraft, CF-19, was delivered in December 2014 and was the first F-35C delivered to the USMC.  A forecast total of 2,456 F-35s are planned for the US military.

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