"In the dead of night, we heard from divisional command that their headquarters were just hit by an airstrike, and berated us for not stopping them. We were puzzled, as neither our radar nor ground control detected any aircraft in the vicinity. Without warning, streaks of tracers darted from behind, shredding my wingman's aircraft. Fortunately, he was able to eject from the aircraft. That morning, we discovered that it was in fact an F-35 which brought down my wingman. That an enemy aircraft was able to get within cannon range of my aircraft and not be noticed in the most heavily defended airspace is quite unnerving." -Anonymous
The F-35 (1) releases drop tanks. (2) releases sidewinder missiles. VTOL + UP opens bomb bay. VTOL + DOWN does absolutely nothing. Trim is functional. The F-35D Lightning II is an upgrade to the F-35A Lightning II that the US Air Force plans to do in the near future.
Changes made to this aircraft compared to its predecessor includes revised weapons bay that doesn't cause significant drag when in operation, a more powerful engine, revised aerodynamics, external pylons, and the ability to apply a different camouflage pattern on the top and bottom of the plane.
This aircraft belongs to the fictional Paternian Air Force, in both the C&C Roleplay, and the SP Map Roleplay. In both cases, it fulfills the role of a versatile, highly-capable fighter-bomber in the Paternian Trinity, with the F-22 Raptor fulfilling the role of air superiority fighter, and the F/A-18E Super Hornet fufilling the role of a cheap, economical fighter.