F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Added to Star-Studded Lineup For 2017 Melbourne Air & Space Show.
MELBOURNE, Fla. (March 6, 2017) – The 2017 Melbourne Air & Space Show, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, will feature a performance by the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter when it returns to Melbourne International Airport, April 1-2.
The F-35 Lightning II will fly together with a P-51 Mustang showcasing the past and future of Air Force technology.
“The Super Bowl of air shows is being held in Melbourne this year,” said Bryan Lilley, Chairman of the Melbourne Air & Space Show. “Our 2017 lineup already features the USAF Thunderbirds, French Air Force Patrouille de France, a Harrier demo and now the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. And, we still have more military aircraft demonstrations to announce.”
The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth fighter. After more than two decades of development the F-35 is just entering service. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack, aerial intelligence and air defense missions. The F-35 has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing version that will be used by the Air Force, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) version that will be used by the Marine Corps, and the F-35C carrier-based version that will be used by the Navy.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2017 Melbourne Air & Space Show which will also feature the first U.S. performance in more than 30 years of the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France jet demonstration team.
Civilian performers announced to date include the Harrier Jump Jet, T-33, SOCOM Para-Commandos, GEICO Skytypers, Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts, the B-25 Bomber “Panchito” and Kent Pietsch, who will land his airplane on a moving RV.
Additionally, the 17-acre aircraft display ramp will spotlight a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft on static display.
Early Bird Pricing on Flight Line Club VIP, Photo Pit and general admission tickets ends on March 13. Attendees can save 35 percent off the day-of-event price when they purchase by next Monday at midnight. Early Bird general admission price is just $18 for adults and $9 for children ages 6-12. More information is available online at www.AirAndSpaceShow.com. Or, follow the show on Facebook for the latest information.
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