In an about-face from earlier reports, the U.S. Air Force has declared that the F-35A variant Joint Strike Fighter will take part in this year’s Paris Air Show in June.
After participating in last year’s Farnborough Show (F-35B) and Royal International Air Tattoo (F-35A), the aircraft will be making its first appearance in Paris.
It has yet to be confirmed how many aircraft would participate in Paris and whether the aircraft would simply take part in the flying display — as was the case at Farnborough — or whether it would be on show in the static display.
The F-35A made its first overseas deployment in April, when eight aircraft from Hill AFB, Utah, relocated to RAF Lakenheath, England, as part of the European Reassurance Initiative. Those aircraft returned to the U.S. on 7th May.
The participation in Paris aims to “demonstrate the ability of the Air Force, and our international partners, to deliver a broad range of combat power,” the Air Force announcement said.