Lockheed F-35B Lightning II – VX-23 Salty Dogs, US Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth First Landing, September 25th 2018 (See Note)
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA4608: Lockheed F-35B Lightning II BF-05 of VX-23 Salty Dogs, US Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth First Landing, September 25th 2018
Length 8.5 inches Wingspan 5.75 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Packaging containing the doors and weapons has been opened and resealed. The model has therefore previously been assembled but not dispalyed, hence the price. All parts are present
Lockheed Martin F-35B c/n BF-05 first flew on January 26, 2011. In July 2011 the aircraft went to NAS Patuxent River and began evaluations by VX-23, the USN fighter test center. During August 2013 the aircraft went for Developmental Test Phase II onboard USS Wasp. In September 2014 BF-05 would undergo testing at Eglin AFB’s Climatic Lab. In 2016 BF-05 deployed on USS America for DT-III and Operational Testing. September 25, 2018 piloted by Cdr. Nathan Gray BF-05 made its first landing and take off from the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Designed to meet the US Military’s requirement for a multi-role Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35 was first flown on December 15, 2006. This single-seat fighter is one of the most advanced aircraft of our time, said to be four times more effective at air-to-air combat and eight times more effective at air-to-ground combat than any other existing aircraft. It uses a low-maintenance stealth technology, and some versions have an innovative Lift System, which gives the F-35 vertical take-off and landing capabilities. The US plans to buy a total of 2,443 F-35s at a cost of $323 billion, which makes the F-35 the most expensive defense program in history.