One plan, three planes
Conceived in the 1990s, the F-35 program was supposed to use the same airframe to produce planes for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, with only modest modifications. Instead of meeting the original plan of being 70 percent similar, the three versions now are about 70 percent distinct. Read related article.
Here are the key differences among the three airplanes:
SOURCES: Defense Department; Lockheed Martin; Joint Strike Fighter Program Office; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Navy. GRAPHIC: Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Alberto Cuadra and Bill Webster - The Washington Post.
Published March 10, 2013.