F-35 internal fuel, range

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Unread post12 Dec 2020, 06:20

Also don't foget that the F-35's are going to get 600 gallon drop tanks eventually which means an extra 8000 lbs of fuel.

So that would push the F-35C's fuel capacity to 19840 lbs (internal) + 8000 (external)= 27840 lbs

The F-15's Conformal Tank carry 849 gallons.
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Unread post12 Dec 2020, 08:00

The range is impressive especially with MQ-25A AAR. I'd like to know the altitude performance difference the larger wing produces compared to F-35A.

Fairly clear an F-35 version with a three-stream adaptive cycle engine and the C's wing will be able to operate to 1,000 nm radius from a carrier.
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Unread post13 Dec 2020, 05:39

Salute!

Any of you that have flown an attack or interceptor in combat or U.S. training must be happy that the new F-35 has such good legs.

This new plane is a delight. You know where you are. You know about the "threat" SAM sites within a hundred miles or so. You have great escape capability if the mission goes south and you have to get outta Dodge.

Glad to see such range numbers with basic internal fuel.

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Unread post13 Dec 2020, 06:22

element1loop wrote:The range is impressive especially with MQ-25A AAR. I'd like to know the altitude performance difference the larger wing produces compared to F-35A.

Fairly clear an F-35 version with a three-stream adaptive cycle engine and the C's wing will be able to operate to 1,000 nm radius from a carrier.


Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to see an ACE equipped F-35C (or whatever they call it) post 2030. These would replace the remaining Super Hornets. Then when the NGAD comes on line. It in turn would start to replace the early production F-35C's.
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