Jacksonville, FL (August 29, 2018) – District 11 Councilman Danny Becton spent Wednesday morning at Naval Air Station Jacksonville to experience the power of F-35 jets front row and center.
F35 Lightning Fighters arrived on August 22nd to train “along with other carried-based jets to participate in a training operation in support of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln,” according to an article by the Florida Times Union.
Councilman Becton took multiple videos and pictures throughout the morning as these powerful jets took off and landed, but they don’t do it justice.
“It was very impressive to see these aircraft up close and personal and the power for which they displayed during their takeoffs from NAS Jacksonville.” Commented CM Becton. “To have a chance to talk with these pilots and see the professionalism of our military forces was an experience I will not forget.”
The F-35 Lightening II is a 5th generation fighter and the F-35 website states it is a combination of “advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.”
There are three variants of the F-35 which are intended to replace U.S. Air Force’s A-10 AND F-16, the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18, the U.S. Marine Corps F/A 18 AND AV-8B, and other fighters for ten other countries.
The single-seat, single-engine fighter is developed by an international team of leading aerospace companies with Lockheed Martin as the prime contractor.
“The F-35 is optimized to be a multirole fighter, with the ability to perform air-to-air, air-to-ground and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions,” according to F35’s website.
“It was a real disappointment last year when Jacksonville missed out on the opportunity to be home to the F35 Joint Strike Fighters”, Becton noted. “but again, it put Jacksonville on the map as a big supporter of our Navy and showed what an outstanding alliance we have with local and state support.”
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