F-35 to fly at Farnborough International Airshow

The composites-intensive F-35 Lightning II fighter jet will be flown for the first time outside the United States June 14-20 at the U.K.'s Farnborough International Airshow.

Farnborough International (FIL, Farnborough, U.K.) reported on April 17 that the F-35 Lighting II fighter jet will be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow, July 14-20, 2014, in Farnborough. It will be the first time the F-35 has been flown outside the United States.

FIL chief executive Shaun Ormrod says, “The F-35 Lighting II is one of the most advanced aircraft to be developed for a very long time and will create a great deal of interest at the show.”

FIL says the decision to fly the combat aircraft outside of the United States for the first time, following discussions between Philip Hammond and his U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Charles Hagel, is a demonstration of the progress with the Lightning II program. Approximately 15 percent of every F-35 is built in the U.K.

U.K. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said, “The U.S. and the U.K. have worked closely together on the F-35 project from the beginning. We are the only country that is a first tier partner in the project, which is sustaining tens of thousands of jobs in the U.K. This fifth-generation stealth combat aircraft will be a major boost to British combat air power and it is entirely fitting that the F-35’s first stop outside the United States will be in the UK.”