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F-35 Lightning II to appear at Farnborough Air Show

First UK appearance of the plane which is used by the American armed forces

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
F-35 Lightning II

One of the stars at this year's Farnborough International Air Show will be the F-35 Lightning II.

The fighter, which will replace planes in the US Navy, Air Force and Marines, will fly in Britain for the first time this summer when it appears at Farnborough from July 14-20, as well as the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford in the same month.

Amanda Stainer, commercial director for show organisers Farnborough International Ltd, said: "We are incredibly pleased that the UK MoD and the US Department of Defence have chosen the event to showcase the aircraft."

FIL chief executive, Shaun Ormrod, also commented: “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.”

More Farnborough Air Show coverage:
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Where to get tickets for Farnborough Airshow 2014 

Around 15% of each F-35 is built in the UK and it will be making demonstration flights at the trade show and public event and will appear alongside its predecessor, the Sea Harrier, which is coming from the Spanish Navy.


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