The F-35, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is being designed as the military’s next big weapon and will have versions for the Navy, Marines Corps and Air Force.
U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. Richard Rusnok prepares for a flight in an F-35B Lightning II at Patuxent River Naval Air Station on March 7. The F-35 is shaped to avoid detection by enemy radar and can accelerate to supersonic speeds. One model can take off and land vertically. Onboard electronic sensors and computers provide a 360-degree view of the battlefield on flat-panel screens, allowing pilots to quickly identify targets and threats. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post Buy Photo