F-35 Technical Photos

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    Technicians inspect the center fuselage for the first F-35 JSF, which arrived on on May 3rd 2005, at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. The completed midsection, built by Northrop Grumman in Palmdale, Calif.,was shipped on Saturday, April 30. It will be joined to the Lockheed Martin-built forward fuselage and wing in the coming weeks. BAE Systems will deliver the aft-fuselage in late May from its factory in Samlesbury, England. [LMTAS photo ]
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    The carbon fiber-skinned wing for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter slots into place as observers look on at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 16. The joining of the wing to the fuselage marked the start of final assembly for the first F-35 aircraft. [LMTAS photo ]
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    Workers at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, prepare to load the first F-35 aft fuselage into its assembly fixture on June 2. The completed aft fuselage, built by BAE Systems in Samlesbury, England, was shipped on time on May 27. Next week, the section will be joined to the existing aircraft assembly, visible behind the aft fuselage. The Lockheed Martin-built front fuselage and wing and the Northrop Grumman-built center fuselage comprise the remainder of the F-35's airframe. [LMTAS photo ]
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    The F-35 vertical tails joined to the first F-35 [Business Wire Photo ]
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    The first part for the first F-35 JSF aircraft was cut on 10 November 2003. Since then, thousands of parts have been coming together as the team works to complete the first F-35. [USAF Photo]
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    The first part for the first F-35 JSF aircraft was cut on 10 November 2003. Since then, thousands of parts have been coming together as the team works to complete the first F-35. [USAF photo]
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    AA-1 is being weighed (20,975 lbs.) here on Jan 8th 2006, right before it is moved to its new location in preparation for control surface testing and engine fit checks.
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    Close-up of the belly of JSF AA-1 in the fuel hangar. [LMTAS photo}
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    Front view of JSF AA-1 sitting in the fuel hangar for the first time. [LMTAS photo]
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter prototype AA-1 cockpit. [LMTAS photo]
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter prototype AA-1 cockpit. [LMTAS photo]
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    An engineer in the weapons bay prepares the pylon for loading tests. [LMTAS photo]