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F-35 Lightning II: key facts about the world's most popular fifth-generation fighter jet

18th September 2023 - 14:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The F-35 programme represents one of the largest international defence collaborations in history. (Photo: USAF)

This growing family of F-35 operators exemplifies the power of collective effort, fostering stronger diplomatic ties and contributing to the evolution of modern aerial warfare on a global scale.

The F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, developed by Lockheed Martin, stands as a prime example of modern aviation technology and international collaboration. Born out of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme, the F-35 sought to create a family of stealthy, versatile and interconnected combat aircraft capable of meeting the diverse needs of the US and its allies.

With each passing year, the global community of F-35 operators continues to expand, forming a network of nations united in their pursuit of air superiority and multi-role capabilities.

In this backgrounder Shephard delves into the journey of the F-35, highlighting its conception, development,

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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