U.S. Air Force Confirms Sending Lockheed F-35 Jets to UK Air Shows
The U.S. Air
Force on Tuesday confirmed that it will send a pair of F-35A fighter
jets to two air shows in Britain this summer, joining two U.S. Marine
Corps jets and at least one British jet that are also slated to make
The two F-35 jets from Luke Air Force Base will be on static display at the shows, and one will participate in so-called "heritage flights" with vintage warplanes at both the annual Royal International Air Tattoo and the world's biggest air show in Farnborough, outside London in July, said Air Force spokeswoman Major Kelley Jeter.
"We're very excited about demonstrating this capability to the world," the Air Force's chief of staff, General Mark Welsh, said in a statement. "The F-35 represents a new way of thinking about data integration, weapons and tactics."
Reuters reported on Monday that the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force and Britain would send F-35 jets to the air shows this summer, but Air Force officials did not confirm the news until Tuesday.