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The F-35 Lightning II is an American fighter jet introduced in 2015, with stealth and vertical landing capabilities.

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How moral are military aviation patents [closed]

I was reading about F-35's version that can take of vertically and it's mentioned that they are using a patented technology by Rolls-Royce called Fanlift and Liftsystem which brings me the questions: ...
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Why do modern fighter aircraft still use transparent canopies instead of cameras feeding imagery to screens?

The F-35 loves to boast about the HUD letting pilots see 'through' the aircraft, but I was wondering why they even have a transparent canopy instead of embedding the pilot deep in the fuselage like ...
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What are the typical max speeds & g loads at which internal weapon bay(IWB) door can be opened for weapon deployment?

What are the typical numbers for popular aircraft like the F-22 & F-35 which have IWB?
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About F-35 hover/ roll posts responsiveness [closed]

how responsive is the f35 in hover. especially in the roll axis. What do think of the roll posts? is it a good concept?
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What are the two blisters on F-35 upper wing surface?

For all of the F-35 models you can find pictures with and without a blister on the upper wing surface. I'm guessing that it is sensors for the missile warning system that were retrofitted later on, ...
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Does the F-35B use its articulating rear jet nozzle for thrust vectoring?

Does the F-35B use its articulating rear jet nozzle for thrust vectoring?
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How fast do the F-35 weapons bay doors open/close during combat ops?

(YouTube) I came across the following Norwegian F-35 video launching a live missile from its right bay door. Of course, opening the door and launching the missile drastically increases RCS, but it ...
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Does a nuclear weapon (B-61) equipped F-35 have the same nuclear confirmation failsafes as other nuclear device delivery aircraft?

Several sources cite that the F-35 will be able to be modified or simply equipped to carry some variant of the B-61 nuclear bomb. However, I know that most strike aircraft such as the F-15 Strike ...
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How does the F-35B not flip over during transition?

As the engine nozzle rotates, the lift-fan cannot. Wouldn't this imbalance of moments around the center of gravity result in the F-35 pitching up onto its back? As can be seen at 5:14 in this video: ...
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Are modern fighter jets bulletproof and armored?

Are modern fighter jets bulletproof and armored? One would not be wrong given part of their operations is being on the receiving end of enemy ammunition shooting at them.
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What material is used for the skin of a modern fighter jet?

Modern passenger jets/airliners use aluminum 2 to 3 mm thick as their skin, their maximum speed is 900 km/h give or take. Modern passenger fighter jets travel at twice that speed on average. What ...
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How is the F-22's nacelle/engine bay ventilated?

How is the aircraft skin around the engine bay in the F-22 cooled? As in the F-35, there are scoops below the wings, which provide ram air around the engine bay, but you don't see any scoop around in ...
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Can a bird strike destroy the stealth capability of F-35?

There is a video according to which a F-35 aircraft has been struck by a bird in Israel. This, allegedly, disabled its stealth capability. More than a year earlier, two storks allegedly damaged ...
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How did the two F35 planes get from Fort Worth to Williamtown?

I am curious how the the F35 that recently arrived in Williamtown Australia arrived there. Were they transported at any point, or were they flown the entire way? How many stops did they make? Did ...
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Why did the RAF buy the F-35B model and not the A model

If the only issue is the in-flight refueling system (probe/drogue), wouldn't it make more sense to buy the A model and modify the tankers. The refueling issue doesn't compare to the performance ...
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How can a VTOL aircraft control yaw while hovering? [duplicate]

I watched this video of a F-35B performing a flight-hover-flight transition and was pretty impressed by the fact that it was able not only to control pitch and roll (which could be, I suppose, ...
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What is the difference in VTOL technology between British Aerospace Harrier II and F-35B?

F-35B safer and looks more stable in terms of VTOL capability. What is the basic difference between Harrier II and F-35B's VTOL technology?
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What does Lockheed have to do to mark the end of the F-35's SDD?

What does Lockheed Martin have to do to mark the end, or close out, the System Development and Demonstration phase of the F-35?
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Can a F-35 shoot while hovering?

I know fictional aircraft are different than real ones but there is an F38 on Black Ops 2 (F35 based plane in 2025) http://callofduty.wikia.com/wiki/FA38 It appears in a mission like this ...
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Can the signature of stealth fighters be uncovered, and then used for future detections?

A recent theaviationist.com article speculates that the reason behind the 'Combat Sent' and other SIGINT aircraft escorting the F-35's over Estonia two days ago was to deter Russia from using its ...
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Has the F-35 Lightning II overheating problem been resolved?

This is one of the sources explaining the F-35 overheating problem. Has this been resolved? Are the constant problems, that are being reported about this type normal for an aircraft like this?
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Why do the F-22 and F-35 look similar to each other and different from previous designs?

Is there a reason the F-22 and F-35 look very similar other than style, they look very different to F-16s so is there a conscious effort to make them look cool?
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How does the F-35 hover?

The picture shows the aircraft hovering; how does it do that?
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What is the pressure distribution around a supersonic wing?

In subsonic flight the lift manifests itself at 25% of chord, but shifts to 50% of chord when the airplane goes supersonic. Wondering about that made me think that the reason might be that there is ...
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Why is the end of the F-35's jet nozzle 'spiky'?

Why is the end of the F-35's jet nozzle 'spiky', is it like that to increase performance or some other factor?
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How does the F-35's roll posts work, and how does its engine turn down 90 degrees?

I've heard about the F-35's roll posts but I don't get how they work and how its engine turns downwards 90 degrees, any ideas?
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Can the lift fans used on a F-35 be driven by a turboshaft engine instead of the jet engine? If yes, which one? [closed]

This is for a sci-fi story I'm writing, so the answer doesn't have to be perfect, just close as possible. Can the lift fans on a F-35 be driven by a turboshaft instead of the jet engine If yes, which ...
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Why does the F-35 Lightning II have only 1 crew when the F/A-18 Hornet had 2? [duplicate]

Many successful fighter aircraft, eg F/A-18 Hornet, have 2 crew (pilot and navigator), which (from my albeit limited research) gave great benefit in complex situations especially involving ground ...
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Why is the F-35 engine nozzle exposed?

I was wondering why the F-35 engine is exposed. The F-22, F-16 and the YF-23 Black Widow have the exhaust nozzles of their engines blended flush with the fuselage. (YF-23 Black Widow) (F-35) The YF-...