F-35 Shares the Sky With Namesake P-38 Lightning

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. // March 19, 2014

Photo by Lockheed Martin.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., March 19, 2014 – A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II shared the sky this weekend with its World War II-era namesake, the P-38 Lightning. The two Lightnings flew over Luke Air Force Base during its annual air show. Col. Todd Canterbury, Commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flew the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft while Steve Hinton flew the P-38 Lightning, which operates from the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif. Earlier this month, Luke AFB, home of the 56th Fighter Wing, celebrated the arrival of its first of 144 F-35s.

The versatile P-38 Lightning, produced from 1941-1945, performed myriad missions during World War II and truly shined in the Pacific theater where it became the standard bearer for the United States Army Air Forces. During the war, German pilots branded the P-38 "The Forked-Tail Devil.” Several F-35 partner countries – Australia, Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom – also flew the P-38 in combat.

The Lightning legacy continues with the F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.

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