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The F-35C Lightning II (F-35 Lightning II in handheld titles) is a stealth multirole aircraft.

It made its debut in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and has made subsequent appearances since.

History

Strangereal

Compared to its carrier stablemates like the F-14 and F/A-18, the F-35C has seen limited operations throughout the various conflicts of Strangereal. However, the aircraft possesses stealth technology like the F-22A Raptor and also offers high agility which favorably compares to newer fighters. It is unknown when the F-35C was introduced or if it predates the F-22, but the earliest examples were sighted during the 1995 Belkan War.

F-35Cs were utilized by the Belkan Air Force against the Allied Forces on multiple occasions throughout the Belkan War.[1]

A sole F-35C saw action, operated by the Usean Rebel Forces, during the 1998 Usean coup d'état. The pilot was the ace "Superfly".[2]

F-35Cs operating from the Scinfaxi were used to combat Osean forces in the 2010 Circum-Pacific War. All were destroyed by the OADF's Wardog Squadron. These YAF airframes sported a dark blue splinter camo.[3]

By 2020, additional aircraft were operated by Leasath, sporadically combating Aurelian forces.[4] They were also fielded during the time of the Lighthouse War to an unknown extent.[5]

Joint Assault universe

An F-35C was used by the Valahia during the Golden Axe Plan. The pilot was the ace "Vulcan".[6]

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

"A multirole aircraft with stealth capabilities, the C-model is a carrier-based aircraft used by the navy. Developed in the JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) program, it can take on the role of various craft and is capable of more than just aerial combat. Its nickname is "Lightning II"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

It is not currently known how to unlock the F-35C.

Statistics

F-35C AC7 Statistics

Weapons

Part Slots

BODY: 32
ARMS: 32
MISC: 32

Skins

  • 01: Osea Skin - Gray body.
  • 03: Special Skin - Cyan blue with black trim; based on the CF-01 prototype.

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"A versatile and lightweight carrier-based stealth fighter featuring both air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 19: El Dorado in Hard or Ace difficulty. Costs 124,000 credits.

Statistics

F-35 stats

Weapons

Colors

  • Color 1: Grey body
  • Color 2: 3-tone gray camouflage
  • Color 3: Air superiority grey
  • Color 4: Black body
  • Color 5: Cream white with orange nose
  • Color 6: 3-tone blue camouflage

Named Pilots

  • Superfly - Found in Final Countdown. Spawns with the XB-10s after destroying both waves of ships within 2 minutes.

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F-35 Lightning II.
"A versatile and lightweight carrier-based stealth fighter featuring both air-to-air and air-to-ground attack capabilities."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 5A: Capital Defense on Ace difficulty twice or complete multiplayer Joint Assault mission 19&20: Wrecking Ball on the second playthrough

Statistics

F35jastats

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Air superiority body
  • C02: Three-tone gray camouflage
  • C03: Blue splinter camouflage
  • C04: JASDF ocean blue camouflage
  • C05: Gray body with swirling lightning pattern
  • C06: Plain white body

Named Aces

Gallery

Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F-35 Lightning II.
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Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F-35 Lightning II.
F-35 Lightning II (Aurelia)
"A versatile and lightweight carrier-based stealth fighter featuring both air-to-air and air-to-ground attack capabilities."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 11A: In Pursuit I. Costs 35,500 credits.

Statistics

ACEX Statistics F-35

Weapons

Colors

  • Aurelia: Air superiority body
  • Leasath: Three-tone gray camouflage
  • Special 1: Blue splinter camouflage
  • Special 2: JASDF ocean blue camouflage

Named Pilots

  • Beacrux - Found in Time Limit. Spawns with the reinforcements after all gas has been neutralized quickly.

Gallery

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F-35C.
"This versatile and lightweight carrier-based stealth fighter features both air-to-air and air-to-ground attack capabilities while maintaining a low production cost."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 14A: The Final Overture - Mars Strike Team. Costs 126,000 credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: 68
  • Mobility: 87
  • Stability: 79
  • Defense: 66
  • Air-to-Air: 57
  • Air-to-Ground: 91

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Air superiority grey, based on X-35C livery
  • Mercenary: Black body
  • Soldier: Gray and green camouflage
  • Knight: Forest green camouflage
  • Special: Plain white body

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

The aircraft is referred to in this game as F-35C.
"This versatile and lightweight carrier-based stealth fighter features both air-to-air and air-to-ground attack capabilities while maintaining a low production cost."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 16A: Desert Arrow. Costs Ƶ20,500 per plane.

Statistics

  • Speed: 68
  • Mobility: 87
  • Stability: 79
  • Defense: 66
  • Air-to-Air: 57
  • Air-to-Ground: 91

Weapons

Colors

  • OS: Air superiority grey, loosely based on X-35A livery
  • RZ: Black body
  • YK: Blue splinter camouflage

Gallery

Trivia

  • In games prior to Ace Combat 7, the F-35C lacks the Electro-optical target system (EOTS), has a different landing gear door, and its main gun is mounted internally despite the real gun being carried in a pod. The current model which has those features above, however, debuts in Ace Combat 7.

References

  1. Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
  2. Final Countdown, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy.
  3. Front Line, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  4. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
  5. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  6. Reprisal (21A). Ace Combat: Joint Assault.