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F-35B Flies With External Stores

Lockheed Martin recently released this video of the F-35B variant carrying external stores. Prominent among them is the stealthy centerline gun pod. Also of note is the very noticeable downward cant of the outboard pylons carrying the AIM-9X Sidewinders. While seeing an aircraft with a forest of pylons carrying everything from external tanks to a range of weapons is more familiar than seeing one flying “clean,” it’s nevertheless jarring to see a JSF flying with so many external stores stations.

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