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Was the Paris F-35 display worth the hype?

Photo: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Photo by Angel DelCueto Job Reference Number: FP170856 Rein WMJ Reference Number: 17-08485 Customer: Mike Rein, F-35 Communications Event: 2017 SIAE Paris Airshow Location: Le Bourget, Paris, France Date: 06-17-2017


In the new August issue of Combat Aircraft, out Thursday, we ask if the display was worth the hype and analyze the F-35A’s performance.

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The F-35 Lightning II’s debut in Paris in June was aimed at dispelling the myth that it’s a wheezy, poor performer when it comes to maneuverability in the close-in fight. At fairly short notice, Lockheed Martin worked up and performed the first public aerobatic demonstration by a US Air Force F-35A, flown by Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn.

Read more in the new issue, plus: a USAF fighters Force Report, get the latest on the greatest fighter community in the world in our USAF 70th anniversary special issue.


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