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US hopes to impress with the F-35A at international Paris Air Show

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
June 20, 2017

Talk about powerful displays of force.

The famous Paris Air Show will this year feature a variety of U.S. aircraft, to include a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache helicopter, a CV-22 Osprey, a C-130J Super Hercules, a P-8 Poseidon, two F-16 Fighting Falcons, a KC-135R Stratotanker, and, of course, one of the U.S. military’s biggest investments, the F-35A Lighting II.

The pricey F-35A costs around $100 million each, and is designed to creep up undetected on ground targets, as well as out maneuver the enemy in aerial combat.

Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, stressed how important the successful showcasing of the new F-35A was.

“The impact of air superiority provided by our F-35s is integral to supporting our warfighters and NATO Allies,” Wolters said. “Showcasing our cutting-edge aircraft technology is one of many ways we ensure ready forces while deterring threats from the outset.”

The International Paris Air Show began June 19 and runs through June 25 in Le Bourget, France.

Established in 1909, it claims to be the world’s oldest air show, having been held every two years since its inception.

The International Show is often considered the United States’ chance to showcase to the world its air superiority and advancements in aerospace technologies.