The upcoming introduction into the Air Force fleet is why the service branch is bringing the jet onto the U.S. air show circuit for the first time, she said.
At 13 air shows this year, the Lightning II will perform a simple flyby in tandem with an older plane in what’s called a “heritage flight,” she said. A dozen of those are shows in the United States and another in England.
Backers say the high-tech jet will add advanced capabilities to the military’s air fleet, but it has faced production and flight testing delays.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, a flight demonstration team that flies six F/A-18 Hornets, and an Air Force F-22 Raptor are among the performers set to fly at the Dayton Air Show set for June 18-19.