A full size model of the engine used to power the F-35 Lightning II aircraft was displayed during the Farnborough Air Show in England.
The Pratt & Whitney F135 propulsion system is the most powerful engine ever fielded, offering more than 40,000 pounds of thrust.
The engine utilizes the Rolls-Royce lift fan, driveshaft, roll posts, and 3 bearing swivel module to hover and land vertically, similar to a helicopter.
The Pratt & Whitney powered F-35 Lightning II hovers in front of crowds during its first solo appearance at the Farnborough Air Show on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
The F-35 is slated to replace aging fighter aircraft from nine partner countries who have invested in the program. Specifically, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition, Israel, Japan, and the Republic of Korea are acquiring the aircraft.
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