I believe this is the marine variant of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It has the fan on the back, and the vents. It can take off vertically, and it is slated to replace the AV-8B Harrier.
View in Google Earth Categories: Airplanes - Military - Parked - Fighters
Links: virtualglobetrotting.com, www.strategypage.com
By: voldude123

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kjfitz picture
@ 2006-05-05 14:21:41
I'm thinking it is an F15 instead.

http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~marcsulf/nato/f15.gif

vs.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/7/7c/X-35c_(F35).jpg/250px-X-35c_(F35).jpg

The trailing edge of the wing looks more like the F-15. Also the cowling around the air intakes extends more forward like the F-15s.

It is hard to tell though.
cejay123 picture
@ 2006-05-05 15:55:03
Aren't they working on the F35 there at Lockheed? see all the other links, even a test rig built there.
kjfitz picture
@ 2006-05-05 16:07:16
voldude123 picture
@ 2006-05-06 15:09:44
hey parabellum, just fyi, this is a different map, its not reposted. this is with google maps, and it looks like its a vacant lot next to the parking lot. no need to reference. plus this one has way more information then just Joint Strike fighter Prototype? kjfitz already put the link to live local up, so its a much more put together profile as well.
Analogman picture
@ 2006-05-06 17:16:36
Nope, not an F-15. Definitely an F-35 V/STOL variant.
voldude123 picture
@ 2006-09-17 17:38:41
this varient is now at the udvar b hazy center at Dulles Int'l
LoneStarOne picture
@ 2007-05-10 12:12:25
That's not the F-35 or the F-15, I believe it's the JAST (Joint Advanced Strike Technology) ground test article that was used to develop vertical take off lift fan technologies that ultimately ended up in the Joint Strike Fighter/F-35. It never was meant to fly, the test article was suspended from a test gantry to study engine behavior in vertical flight.
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Anonymous
@ 2009-10-03 12:27:33
That is very cool. I think that the F-35 will be a great fighter. Even though that is a great find if you look on the northern side of the base there is a flying wing prototype from the 50s or 60s in what looks like a scrap area. Still great find, good job
Parabellum picture
@ 2009-10-04 07:06:18
Anon, it's not a flying wing, its part of a B-36 being restored.
http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/b-36-peacemaker-wing/