The Lockheed Martin F-24 Crusader II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters designed to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability and is slowly replacing the older versions of the F-16 in use with the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 in use with the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier in use with the U.S. Marine Corps and a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries.

Variants in use with the United States of America

F-24A, conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant used by the United States Air Force.

F-24B, short-take off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant used by the United States Marine Corps.

F-24C, carrier-based CATOBAR (CV) variant used by the United States Navy.

International variants

F-24I “Adir” (F-24A), in use with the Israeli Air Force (1).

Scimitar FGR.1 (F-24B), in use with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.


F-24J (F-24A), in use with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

F-24NL (F-24A), in use with the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

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General characteristics

Crew: 1


A British Scimitar FGR.1 (F-24B) in flight.

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A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-24NL (F-24A) takes off.

Length: 51.4 ft (15.67 m)


Wingspan: 35 ft[N 5] (10.7 m)

Height: 14.2 ft[N 6] (4.33 m)

Wing area: 460 ft²[246] (42.7 m²)

Empty weight: 29,300 lb (13,300 kg)

Loaded weight: 49,540 lb[230][N 7][485] (22,470 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 70,000 lb[N 8] (31,800 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney F124 afterburning turbofan

Dry thrust: 28,000 lbf[486][N 9] (125 kN)

Thrust with afterburner: 43,000 lbf[486][487] (191 kN)

Internal fuel capacity: 18,480 lb (8,382 kg)


Maximum speed: Mach 1.6+ (1,200 mph, 1,930 km/h) (tested to Mach 1.61)

Range: 1,200 nmi (2,220 km) on internal fuel

Combat radius: 584 nmi[488] (1,080 km) on internal fuel

Service ceiling: 60,000 ft[490] (18,288 m) (tested to 43,000 ft)

Rate of climb: classified (not publicly available)

Wing loading: 107.7 lb/ft² (526 kg/m²; 745 kg/m² max loaded)

Thrust/weight: **With full fuel: 0.87

With 50% fuel: 1.07

Max g-limits: 9 g


Guns: 1 × General Dynamics GAU-22/A Equalizer 25 mm (0.984 in) 4-barreled gatling cannon, internally mounted with 180 rounds.

Hardpoints: 6 × external pylons on wings with a capacity of 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) and two internal bays with two pylons each for a total weapons payload of 18,000 lb (8,100 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of:

Air-to-air missiles


AIM-9X Sidewinder


MBDA Meteor

Air-to-surface missiles



Brimstone missile / MBDA SPEAR

Joint Air-to-Ground Missile

Storm Shadow missile


Anti-ship missiles:




Mark 84, Mark 83 and Mark 82 GP bombs

Mk.20 Rockeye II cluster bomb

Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser capable

Paveway series laser-guided bombs

Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)

JDAM series

B61 nuclear bomb