Lockheed Martin X-35B STOVL

Lockheed Martin X-35B STOVL
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Short takeoff/vertical landing variant to be used by U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines and the United Kingdom, equipped with a shaft-driven lift fan propulsion system which enables the aircraft to take off from a short runway or small aircraft carrier and to land vertically. Engine: Pratt & Whitney JSF 119-PW-611 turbofan deflects thrust downward for short takeoff/vertical landing capability. The Air Force and Navy versions use a thrust-vectoring exhaust nozzle. The Marine Corps and Royal Air Force/Navy version has a swivel-duct nozzle; an engine-driven fan behind the cockpit and air-reaction control valves in the wings to provide stability at low speeds. Other major subcontractors are Rolls Royce and BAE.

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Dane Penland

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, National Air and Space Museum Original Photography, NASM Acc. 2012-0026


Aircraft; Aviation; Engineers; Experimental; Fighters; Military; Naval Aviation; Research

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