I’ve seen lots of publicity shots of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning fighter, one of the most controversial US military aircraft ever, but this photo left me speechless.
This F-35B Lightning II — captured during aerial refuelling — totally looks like a spacecraft from a scifi movie. The near-perfect face-to-face view, the vortices behind the wingtips, the gradient grey of the nose; all make this photo just about perfect.
The original caption says:
A naval aviator with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 flies above North Carolina during aerial refuelling training with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, April 14, 2015. The nearly 33,000 pound aircraft is capable of short takeoff/vertical landing, enabling the Marine Corps to expand its expeditionary force projection capabilities.
Be sure to check the full size image for all the glorious details: