ATLANTA — Both the U.S. Air Force and Navy’s F-35 Lightning II jets are headed to the Peach State in two weeks for a rare opportunity to witness each performing during the Atlanta Airshow.
The two F-35s from separate branches of service are not scheduled to fly together. The Air Force F-35A was made for conventional runway take-off and landings, while the Navy’s F-35C is made to launch and land aboard an aircraft carrier.
Air Force pilot Maj. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe commands the F-35A Demonstration Team based at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The squadron is excited to begin their long awaited air show season on May 22 and 23 in Peachtree City.
“The Demo Team has been looking forward to the Atlanta Airshow for months, especially considering it’s our first airshow of the season,” Maj. Beo Wolfe told AvGeekery.com from the flight line on Friday. “We didn’t get to perform in Georgia last year, so we’re super excited to be flying for the Atlanta area.”
Maj. Wolfe will pilot the F-35A during a 15-minute flight demonstration above the show crowd. Atlanta is the only scheduled performance site this year in the southeastern United States.
“The F-35A has an advanced flight control system, which allows the pilot to easily command maximum performance from the airplane,” Wolfe added. “During the show you’ll also see a variety of maneuvers in which the jet is displaying the unique capability of 50 degrees angle of attack.”
The F-35As performance highlights only a few of its precision maneuvers. Several other capabilities by the F-35 are classified, including a basic surface attack and dropping weapons.
Wolfe’s performance also includes a formation flight with an Air Force warbird. The Air Force Heritage Flight will see the F-35A fly alongside an P-51D Mustang aircraft.
“We’re extremely excited to be kicking of our 2021 show season at the Atlanta Air Show,” F-35A demonstration spokesperson Capt. Kip Sumner added. “We recommend checking us out and tagging us on social media @F35DemoTeam or #F35DemoTeam. And, if you see any of us at the show, feel free to come over and say hi.”
(Charles A Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)