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F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing Variant

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Virtually undetectable to an enemy that cannot hide, the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A gives the U.S. Air Force and allies the power to dominate the skies – anytime, anywhere. It’s an agile, versatile, high-performance 9g multirole fighter that provides unmatched capability and unprecedented situational awareness.

The F-35A’s advanced sensor package gathers and distributes more information than any fighter in history, giving operators a decisive advantage over all adversaries. Its tremendous processing power, open architecture, sophisticated sensors, information fusion and flexible communication links make the F-35 an indispensable tool in future homeland defense, joint and coalition irregular warfare, and major combat operations. 

The F-35A brings unparalleled performance to any theater in any conflict against any threat.

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F-35A Specifications

  Length 51.4 ft /
15.7 m
  Height 14.4 ft /
4.38 m
  Wingspan 35 ft /
10.7 m
  Wing area 460 sq ft /
42.7 sq m
  Horizontal tail span

22.5 ft /
6.86 m

  Weight empty 29,300 lb
  Internal fuel capacity 18,200 lb
  Weapons payload 18,000 lb /
8,160 kg
  Standard internal weapons load

25 mm GAU-22/A cannon

Two AIM-120C air-to-air missiles

Two 2,000-pound GBU-31 JDAM guided bombs

  Maximum weight 70,000 lb class
(uninstalled thrust ratings)

40,000 lb Max.
25,000 lb Mil.

  Speed (full internal weapons load) Mach 1.6 (~1,200 mph)
  Combat radius
(internal fuel)
>590 nm /
1,093 km
(internal fuel)
>1,200 nm / 
2,200 km
  Max g-rating 9.0

*Maximum Power (Max) = with afterburner; Military Power (Mil) = without afterburner