Costing nearly a trillion dollars to research, develop, and sustain, the F-35 Lightning II is one of the most modern and versatile series of fighter jets ever manufactured. The single-seat, single-engine stealth aircraft was designed to perform multiple functions, including ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, and air defense missions. Ultimately, the Lightning II — which entered service in 2015 — is considered one of the most advanced aircraft in the world, eight times more effective at air-to-ground combat than any other existing aircraft. The "A" variant is conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant.
A replica of one of those cutting-edge jets surveyed by the U.S. Air Force's 461st Flight Test Squadron, the "Deadly Jesters," 412th Test Wing, stationed at Edwards AFB, California, in 2010, this 1/72 scale, Air Force 1, die cast aircraft features finely textured surfaces, a well-equipped cockpit with a pilot figure and a glazed canopy, a detailed weapons bay with a missile load and optional-position doors, realistic air intakes and an exhaust port, optional-position landing gear, authentic markings, and more. Measures approximately 8½" long with a 5¾" wingspan and includes a metal display stand.