Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
|F-35 Lightning II|
|Role||Stealth multirole fighter|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Lockheed Martin Aeronautics|
|First flight||15 December 2006|
|Status||In initial production, in U.S. service as a training aircraft|
|Number built||13 flight-test aircraft|
|Developed from||Lockheed Martin X-35|
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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole Fighter aircraft under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability.
The development of the F-35 has been very controversial. Many people feel like the US Air Force has been spending too much money on the F-35 project, and that the government should halt all development of the project.
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