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Franklin Mint Armour Collection B11F000
Lockheed F-35A Lightning II JSF Diecast Model
USAF, "AA-1", Fort Worth, TX, Maiden Flight, December 15th 2006

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Lockheed F-35A Lightning II JSF   12.75"   8.75"

On 19 February 2006, the first F-35A (designated AA-1) was rolled out in Fort Worth, Texas. The aircraft underwent extensive ground testing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, adjacent to Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth manufacturing facility, in fall 2006. On 15 September 2006 the first engine run of the F135 afterburning turbofan was conducted in an airframe, with the tests completed on 18 September after a static run with full afterburner. The engine runs were the first time that the F-35 was completely functional on its own power systems. On 15 December 2006, the F-35A completed a 38 minute maiden flight, succesfully completing many of its objectives.

Lockheed F-35A Lightning II JSF

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.

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Franklin Mint's 1:48 scale F-35 Lighting II is the first detailed, large scale collector's model to be produced in diecast. This model correctly replicates the lines of the aircraft with features such as radar reflecting saw-toothed shaped panel lines. The gray tinted canopy is uniquely hinged at the front and opens to reveal a highly detailed cockpit interior. The nose probe is magnetic and can be removed or attached at the collector's discretion. The fixed landing gear is nicely detailed with hydraulic lines visible inside the wheel wells and there is a steerable front nose wheel—an uncommon feature in Franklin Mint models.

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Franklin Mint Armour Collection

The Franklin Mint "Armour Collection" range presents diecast detailed, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft. Armour Collection diecast airplanes from The Franklin Mint require no glueing or painting. Each model is an instant display piece or diorama centerpiece straight from the box. Made from diecast metal and plastic components, the die cast airplanes in the Franklin Mint's Armour Collection are 100% true to scale.

Franklin Mint "Armour Collection" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Detailed cockpit interiors.
  • No pilot figures.
  • Sturdy fixed metal landing gear for static display.
  • Authentic fixed ordnance loads.
  • Accurately detailed underside.

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