First View of the F-35 Hidden Weapon Bays

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This is the first declassified view of the weapon bays hidden inside the belly of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II, carrying a standard load: It shows two AMRAAM missiles and two 2000-pound JDAM bombs. Here's an even closer look:

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The declassified document also shows all the ordinance you can load in this beast:

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A lot of pew-pew power indeed. [PDF via The Dew Line]

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I still think the F-16 is a more attractive plane.