F-35 Simulator

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There are video games, and then the F-35 Advanced Simulator, located at the Luke Air Force Base on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Everything in the cockpit was modeled after its real-life counterpart, including countless levers and buttons as well as the feeling of flying at several thousand feet when looking out the window. The F-35 is descended from the X-35, which was the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. Continue reading for two videos of the real F-35 and more information.

The F-35 has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) variant. On July 31, 2015, the first squadron was declared ready for deployment after intensive testing by the United States.