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    X-35B - U.S. Marine Corp Version of JSF: Joint Strike Fighter Prototype [Image 3 of 3]

    X-35B - U.S. Marine Corp Version of JSF: Joint Strike Fighter Prototype



    Courtesy Photo

    F-35 Joint Program Office

    Maj. Art Tomassetti, USMC poses in front of the tail section of X-35B, on July 20, 2001, after Mission X took place over the desert in California. Tomassetti successfully performed an aviation hat trick: a short takeoff, a level supersonic dash, and a vertical landing in an aircraft named the X-35B. The single-seat, single-engine X-35 was the prototype aircraft for the new F-35, next-generation, supersonic, multi-role stealth aircraft designed to replace the aging 4th-generation fighter aircraft worldwide.

    Three X-35 variants were built and all had a high degree of commonality.

    ~ The X-35A was a conventional-takeoff-and-landing (CTOL) variant built to U.S. Air Force specifications.
    ~ The X-35B short-takeoff-vertical-landing (STOVL) demonstrator was designed to meet U.S. Marine Corps and British Royal Air Force/Royal Navy requirements and featured a unique shaft-driven lift fan that amplified engine thrust and reduced exhaust temperature and velocity during vertical flight operations.
    ~ The X-35C was designed to satisfy U.S. Navy requirements and featured a larger wing and control surfaces than the other JSF variants, and had an increased-capacity structure for absorbing catapult launches and arrested.

    Courtesy Photo By - Tom Reynolds



    Date Taken: 07.20.2001
    Date Posted: 07.20.2022 09:36
    Photo ID: 7324308
    VIRIN: 010720-D-D0478-004
    Resolution: 2539x3174
    Size: 791.28 KB
    Location: ARLINGTON, VA, US 

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