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US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - VX-23 "Salty Dogs", NAS Pax River, MD [Low-Vis Scheme]

Air Force 1 US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - VX-23 "Salty Dogs", NAS Pax River, MD [Low-Vis Scheme]




 
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Air Force 1 AF100010C US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - VX-23 "Salty Dogs", NAS Pax River, MD [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

"The F-35 program executive officer, has stated that the 'F-35 enjoys a significant Combat Loss Exchange Ratio advantage over the current and future air-to-air threats, to include Sukhois, which are currently being flown by the Russian, Indian, and Chinese Air Forces.'"
- Maj Gen Charles R. Davis, USAF, the F-35 program executive officer

The F-35C combines the unique capability of operating from a carrier deck with the unmatched 5th Generation capabilities of stealth, fused sensors and reliability, making the F-35C the Navy's future first-day-of-the-war strike fighter.

The Navy and Marines require an aircraft capable of overcoming a variety of threats - surface-to-air missiles, air-to-air missiles and tactical aircraft. By leveraging this potent combination of stealth, advanced jamming and threat system destruction, the F-35C enhances survivability and increases mission success rates.

The F-35C variant has larger wings and more robust landing gear than the other variants, making it suitable for catapult launches and fly-in arrestments aboard naval aircraft carriers. Its wingtips also fold to allow for more room on the carrier's deck while deployed.

The F-35C also has the greatest internal fuel capacity of the three F-35 variants. The F-35C carries nearly 20,000 pounds of internal fuel for longer range and better persistence than any other fighter in a combat configuration. And, like the F-35B, the F-35C uses probe and drogue refueling. This allows the Navy to operate its carriers a safe distance from the threat while its fighters reach remote targets.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US Navy Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter that was attached to VX-23 "Salty Dogs", then deployed to NAS Pax River, MD. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 7-1/4-inches
Length: 8-1/2-inches

Release Date: October 2021

Historical Account: "The Salty Dogs" - VX-23 Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (AIRTEVRON TWO THREE, nickname The Salty Dogs) is a United States Navy air test and evaluation squadron based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Using the tail code SD, the squadron operates multiple aircraft types of the United States Navy.

VX-23 is an Aircraft Test Squadron that conducts research, testing and evaluation of fixed wing tactical aircraft and UAV's. VX-23 provides aircraft, pilots, maintenance services, safety oversights and facility support for these operations. Their main mission is flying qualities and performance evaluations, shipboard suitability, propulsion system testing, tactical aircraft mission systems testing, ordnance compatibility and ballistics efforts, reliability and maintainability assessments, flight fidelity simulation and flight control software development. The squadron also provides Government Flight Representative, test monitoring, chase aircraft support, facilities for contractor demonstration, validation and development work involving tactical aircraft and associated systems.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Features folding wing tips
  • Comes with full weapons loadout
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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