F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Plane Will Fly Over Fort Lauderdale Beach During Air Show
The Fort Lauderdale Air Show will be the first civilian show to feature the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plane.
Returning from a two-year-hiatus, the air show is set to take place over Fort Lauderdale beach May 7 and 8.
The combat aircraft, also called the F-35 Lightning II, is a single-seat, single-engine plane currently undergoing final development and testing by the U.S. Department of Defense. The stealth fighter plane is designed for ground attack, aerial reconnaissance and air defense missions.
“Fort Lauderdale will be the first place that the general public will be able to see the future of Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aviation perform,” Bryan Lilley, president of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, said in a release.
Models of the F-35 will eventually be used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. As the aircraft performs alongside the P-51 Mustang used in World War II this May, the Fort Lauderdale Air Show will showcase the past and future of the Air Force.
The air show will also feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and Breitling Jet Team as headliners. Recently, locals gained a tiny preview of what's to come when a Thunderbird F-16 flew over the beach in early February to survey the area ahead of the show.
Tickets to the Fort Lauderdale Air Show are on sale now. Single-day tickets in the Drop Zone start at $29 per day for adults and $18 for children.
For $149, VIP spectators can watch the show from a private beach area with chairs, or underneath a clubhouse tent with covered seating. They'll enjoy lunch and reserved parking near the Air Show Center.