Military Photos: F-35C Lightning II

Lockheed Martin F-35 C (test aircraft CF-1)

Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II
Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II armed with AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles (U.S. Navy photo courtesy Lockheed Martin/Released)

This image shows the first flight of the carrier-based variant armed with Sidewinders on the outer hard points. The test happened on 27 June out of Patuxent River AFB, Maryland.

The F-35C has larger control and wing surfaces, a reinforced landing gear and – ultimately – an arrester hook to enable operation from a conventional aircraft carrier. So far, the only customer for the F-35C is the U.S. Navy.

Find more information about the F-35 in general on Lockheed’s dedicated F-35 website and about the U.S Navy at