PRODUCTION-MODEL JSF WILL LOOK MUCH LIKE PROTOTYPE LOCKHEED ANNOUNCES 'LINES FREEZE' FOR PLANE'S EXTERIOR.
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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. says its F-35 joint strike fighter A strike fighter is a fighter aircraft which is also capable of attacking surface targets, including ships. It differs from an attack aircraft in that the aircraft remains a capable fighter. will look almost exactly like the X-35 prototype that underwent flight-testing in 2000 and 2001 at Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. .
The F-35 ``lines freeze'' for its external design was achieved as scheduled June 27, the company said.
Compared with the X-35, the F-35 will have a forward fuselage about five inches longer to better accommodate electronics and sensors, and the horizontal tail will be two inches farther back to balance it.
The craft's top surface will be about one inch higher, increasing fuel capacity by 300 pounds, and the aircraft carrier version will have slightly more twist to the wing and the twin vertical tails will be repositioned slightly for better aerodynamics aerodynamics, study of gases in motion. As the principal application of aerodynamics is the design of aircraft, air is the gas with which the science is most concerned. .
``During the Concept Demonstration phase of this program, we believed the only way to validate the aerodynamic performance of our concept was to test-fly an aircraft that was representative of the one we intended to produce,'' said Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and JSF (JavaServerFaces) A standard framework of components for building rich user interfaces for Java applications. JavaServer Faces run on the server, but are displayed on the client.
JSF - JavaServer Faces program general manager. ``When you look at this final design and compare it to the one we flew, it's clear that the two aircraft are essentially identical, save for some fine-tuning.''
The next-generation F-35 is a stealthy stealth·y
adj. stealth·i·er, stealth·i·est
Marked by or acting with quiet, caution, and secrecy intended to avoid notice. See Synonyms at secret. , supersonic, multirole fighter designed to replace several American military jets, including the Air Force F-16 and A-10, Navy F/A-18 and the Marines' AV-8B Harrier.
The single-engine JSF will be manufactured in three versions: a conventional-takeoff-and-landing variant for the U.S. Air Force, an aircraft-carrier version for the Navy and a short-takeoff/vertical landing version for the Marine Corps. The cornerstone of the F-35 is affordability, achieved in large part through a very high level of common parts and systems across the three versions of the aircraft. The aircraft is expected to be produced in Fort Worth, Texas Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas, 18th-largest city in the United States, and voted one of "America’s Most Livable Communities. , where Lockheed Martin now makes F-16 fighters, but parts will be manufactured in Palmdale and elsewhere.
Several foreign nations are interested in buying the planes.
(color) Lockheed Martin says its F-35 joint strike fighter will look much like this prototype X-35A.