Details on X-35C


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1 September 2007
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I had a few questions about how the X-35C was different from the X-35A. From the photographs, it's clear that the wingspan was longer on the X-35C, and the chord was extended forward of the flaperons. It's not clear whether there was another chord stretch just aft of the leading edge, or if the vertical and horizontal stabilizers were enlarged. Finally, was there any major change made to the landing gear?

With regards to the X-35C wing, my assumption is that LockMart preserved the X-35A's airfoil shape and simply added span to both the root and tip. The result is a wing that would be thicker at the root than the X-35A wing.

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