Media Note: Arrival of the United States Air Force’s F-35 at Aero India 2023 Marks Historic Debut

Media Note:

The United States Air Force’s (USAF) newest fifth-generation fighters – the stealthy, supersonic, multirole F-35A Lightning II and F-35A Joint Strike Fighter – will make their debut at Aero India 2023. After a journey from Hill Air Force Base in Utah, United States, the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team will impress crowds with a demo of its unique aerial capabilities. The F-35A Lightning II from Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska will be on static display.

The F-35’s engine produces 43,000 pounds of thrust and consists of a 3-stage fan, a 6-stage compressor, an annular combustor, a single stage high-pressure turbine, and a 2-stage low-pressure turbine. 

In addition to the F-35, an F-16 Fighting Falcon duo will conduct daily aerial demonstrations from February 13-17, showcasing the capability of one of the USAF’s leading fighter jets. On static display, the F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are multirole fighters. 

Major General Julian C. Cheater, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, said, “The F-35 represents the leading-edge of U.S. fighter technology. Aero India is an ideal forum to showcase the most advanced, capable, lethal, and interoperable weapons systems the U.S. has to offer. This system and others are designed to penetrate and defeat advanced adversary air defenses.” 

Links to U.S. Military Aircraft at Aero India 2023:  

F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team, Hill Air Force Base, Utah (Aerial Demo)

F-35A Lightning II, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (Static)

F-16 Fighting Falcon, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (Static)

Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, Misawa Air Base, Japan (Aerial Demo) 

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan (Static)