It all started with the Atlanta Air Show back in May, when the Demonstration Team’s pilot and commander Maj. Kristin Wolfe performed all sorts of tricks with the plane and continued with the same F-35 at the La Crosse Regional Airport in Wisconsin.
Now here it is again, in another shot captured at La Crosse and published last week by the USAF. This time we get a clear view of the airplane’s underside and its afterburner, the visible tip of the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine that provides 43,000 lbf (190 kN) of thrust (with the afterburner).
As most of you already know, there are different variants of the F-35, slightly modified to serve the needs of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. The F-35A can fly at speeds of up to Mach 1.6 for as much as 1,700 miles (2,800 km). As far as weapons are concerned, the airplane packs all you would expect in an aircraft, from a 4-barrel rotary cannon to missiles and bombs.
As said, the F-35 is still largely unproven in combat, with the Israeli Air Force being the one that deployed it first against an enemy in 2018. That same year the first F-35 crash occurred.