F-35 Image Porn

Here’s a great image of the first F-35A Joint Strike Fighter to enter non-test service with the U.S. Air Force. The plane is on approach to its home with the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl last week. Less than a week later on July 20, the service┬áreceived the second production F-35A designated to enter operational service with the 33rd FW — which serves as a dedicated F-35 training wing.

Eglin is home to the F-35 school house that will train JSF pilots and maintainers from around the globe beginning this fall.

  • Black Owl

    The F/A-18E Super Hornet is still sexier than the JSF.

    • Jayson

      agreed

    • crackedlenses

      The JSF is stealthier and more Raptorish; score over Hornet in my book…..

    • Sorry, nothing will ever be as sexy as the A-10.

  • Solomon

    you’re smoking crack.

  • IKnowIT

    Nice pic. I predict the F-35 will be a sucess.

  • tDauntlessCelt

    Hey DT! You know what would be awesome?

    Have a link to high-res pics that you use.

  • Do the pilots ever just stomp on it? I am not sure I could fly an airplane without making it give all its got.

  • WareWolf

    “Sexier” does not necessarily equal “more effective.” I agree, the lines of the Super Hornet are more graceful than those of the F-35…but I know which one I’d rather have in a fight.

  • Billy

    Why didn’t JSF come with THrust Vectorring Nozzels? Stealth VS Supermanervability?

  • want: link to full size version not small jpg. :/

  • David

    They can’t kill you if they can’t see you. No plane even with thrust vectoring can out maneuver a missile. The human body can only take so much g force and a missile has no pilot.

    • beaver

      are u stupid. missiles are out maneuvered with ease it may be painful but it can be done, and regardless if it had stealth or not when you are locked by another ac you know it by the warning that starts screaming in your ear.

  • Pdizzle

    Does anyone have any idea what the contraption is up under its nose?

  • John Moore

    So when will we see the first F-22 vs F-35 show down?

  • awesome

    Go airforce beat j-20.

  • citanon

    So, does the F-35 have the same Oxygen generation system as the F-22?

  • HQYONE

    Stopping F-22 production is a mistake. The number of F-22 is too small to ensure the supervises of USA in Air

  • HQYONE

    The price of F-22 and F-35 is similar, I can’t believe that !!!! Who can tell me what are the advantages of F-35 OVER F-22.

  • HQYONE

    F-35 Fighters Now Double the Cost, I think someone should be thrown into jail. It means the government run with low efficiency and some corruptions occurred.

  • Matrix_3692

    is it possible that someday, at some airshow, J-20 and F-35 meet each other?

  • MarineOne

    f-22 vs f-35, each one has its own advantages due to the fact one plane has the capabilities ot communicate with multiple platforms, the other does not. One is just awesome, the other can eat a d**k and was a complete waste of taxpayer money. Yes, the f-22 shouldn’t even have existed on paper.

  • usafstars

    John,
    It’s pronounced Egg Lin

  • Matt

    contraption under the nose is EOTS – Electro-Optical Targeting System
    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/data/assets/1232.pd

  • Nail 227

    These planes are only stealthy at a given radar frequency. HF,UHF and L Band radars will lite up these invisible planes. The SA-2 and SA-4 used the Phang Song radar which operated at L band. The S-300 uses X-band frequencies which will have its effective range reduced but will be deadly within 20 km.
    The F-35 is a recycling of the McNamara’s F111 concept. The Navy chiefs were astute enough to turn down the F-111.
    Drone based fighters will out manuever, cost a lot less and no human casualties.
    My comments are based of ~5 years of Vietnam experience,~20 years of radar system engineer, and over 5000 flight hours.