PARIS: F-35 Goes from Zero to Hero
The Lockheed Martin F-35 is steadily becoming a mainstay of big air shows, with its planned high-g performance to mark a key turning point in its show attendance record.
The type’s troubled development over the past decade precluded air show appearances, as far more serious work was necessary to bring costs and production issues under control.
While F-35 appearances were rumoured from 2010 to 2015, aviation enthusiasts were invariably disappointed.
A major no-show occurred in 2014. It had been planned for the F-35 to attend Farnborough in the middle of July, but this was thrown into doubt when the fleet was grounded on 3 July 2014. Though the grounding was lifted days before the show, limitations placed on the aircraft ruled out an appearance.