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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
Medium: Structural composites including bismaleimide (BMI) and composite epoxy material. The F-35 will be the first mass produced aircraft to include structural nanocomposites, namely carbon nanotube reinforced epoxy. Aluminum alloys and titanium.
Size: Length 51.4 ft (15.7 m) Wingspan 35 ft (10.7 m)
Duration: “the coming decades”
The piece is available on TEMPORARY LOAN. Lockheed Martin has a number of full-scale mock-ups available for promotional appearances which include the ability for viewers to sit in the aircraft cockpit. These are typically used for airshows or other promotional appearances. The Lockheed Martin public relations office can be approached to consider an art exhibit loan.
Description: (from Wikipedia)
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant.
The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. JSF development is being principally funded by the United States. The partner nations are either NATO members or close U.S. allies. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 carried out its first flight on 15 December 2006.
The United States plans to buy a total of 2,443 aircraft to provide the bulk of its tactical airpower for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy over the coming decades. The United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Turkey are part of the development program; Israel, Singapore and Japan may also equip their air services with the F-35.
On 11 March 2010, a report from the Government Accountability Office to United States Senate Committee on Armed Services projected the overall unit cost of an F-35A to be $112M in today’s money. In 2010, Pentagon officials disclosed that the F-35 program has exceeded its original cost estimates by more than 50 percent. An internal Pentagon report critical of the JSF project states that “affordability is no longer embraced as a core pillar”.
On 21 April 2009, media reports, citing Pentagon sources, said that during 2007 and 2008, computer spies had managed to copy and siphon off several terabytes of data related to the F-35’s design and electronics systems, potentially enabling the development of defense systems against the aircraft. An additional problem emerged when it was feared that China had intercepted telemetry from F-35 test flights. In 2013 a report from Mandiant tracked the hacking to a unit of the People’s Liberation Army.