Lockheed Martin Unveils Civilian-Legal F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

BETHESDA, Md. – Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, a Maryland-based American defense contractor, announced it has developed a civilian-friendly version of its next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Just in time for the holidays, the F-35 Lightning III, like its military counterpart, is capable of vertical take off and landing and can reach jaw-dropping speeds of up to 780 miles per hour.

“The F-35 Lightning III is the perfect gift for beginners and seasons pilots alike,” Lockheed Martin spokesman Eli Hockaday said during the aircraft’s official launch party last weekend. “At the cost of a luxury automobile, the F-35 Lightning III is among the most advanced made-for-civilian-use aircraft on the market today,” Hockaday said.

Unlike the military version, the Lightning III does not come equipped with stealth technology or laser-guided bombs. However, fans of the next-gen Air Force stealth fighter need not worry, the F-35 Lightning comes standard with a General Dynamics 25mm GAU/22A four-barrel Gatling gun embedded in its left wing. Although, in accordance with federal firearms laws, the Gatling gun is restricted to semi-automatic fire.

“Nonetheless, it’s still a joy to shoot,” said retired United Airlines pilot Earl Thomas, who penned a review of the aircraft for the December issue of Guns & Ammo magazine. “With a maximum range of 3,660 meters, it’s an ideal choice for both hunting and home defense,” said Thomas, adding he took down nine deer with the F-35’s Gatling gun while maintaining a cruising speed of six hundred miles per hour.

With an MSRP of $65,000, the F-35 Lightning III is sure to be a hit among aviation and firearms enthusiasts for years to come. To ensure no one is left out, Lockheed even has a ten round California-compliant version of the GAU/22A. So, whether you imagine yourself bombing an ISIS stronghold, strafing a humanitarian aid facility, or simply taking a leisurely flight up the coast, the Lightning III will exceed even the highest of expectations.

R. Hobbus J.D.

Investigative Journalist

R. Hobbus J.D. is an internationally acclaimed independent investigative journalist specializing in international politics, health, business, science, conflict resolution, history, geography, mathematics, social issues, feminism, space travel, civil rights, human rights... more

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