Their first flights are seventy-one years apart and the airframes differ dramatically. The original Lightning cost $97,147.00 per unit ($1,301,476.00 in today’s market) compared to the Lightning II’s $85,000,000.00-$116,000,000.00 price tag. We have certainly come a long way since the iconic piston driven age and I’m sure in another seventy years, we will look back at the F-35 like it was a bargain.
The similarities are few and far between with the two kits. They are both airplanes at least. I thought it would be a neat photo op to get them both together. The builds themselves were both lengthy and detailed so they are the same in that regard. I think it’s a good family picture that shows a little history of American aviation.