Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
"When we look at the challenges we have globally, what I am seeing is a growing demand from our partners in air, space, and cyberspace. We are busier than ever and people want the U.S. to be the partner of choice,” said Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs.
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performs a flight demonstration for an audience at the Paris Air Show June 19, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Held every year, the Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. government security policy and strategic defense objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
7 photos: Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
Photo 1 of 7: An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performs a flight demonstration for an audience at the Paris Air Show June 19, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Held every year, the Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. government security policy and strategic defense objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Download full-resolution version
The Patrouille de France air demonstration team performs a flyby to signify the official start of the Paris Air Show June 19, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Held every year, the Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. government security policy and strategic defense objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
7 photos: Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
Photo 2 of 7: The Patrouille de France air demonstration team performs a flyby to signify the official start of the Paris Air Show June 19, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Held every year, the Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. government security policy and strategic defense objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Download full-resolution version
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lands after performing a flight demonstration at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. This is the first time the F-35 has performed aerial demonstrations at an international air show. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. has static displays of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
7 photos: Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
Photo 3 of 7: An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lands after performing a flight demonstration at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. This is the first time the F-35 has performed aerial demonstrations at an international air show. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. has static displays of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Download full-resolution version
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off to perform a flight demonstration at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. This is the first time the F-35 has performed aerial demonstrations at an international air show. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. has static displays of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
7 photos: Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
Photo 4 of 7: An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off to perform a flight demonstration at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. This is the first time the F-35 has performed aerial demonstrations at an international air show. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. has static displays of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Download full-resolution version
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is displayed in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
7 photos: Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
Photo 5 of 7: An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is displayed in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Download full-resolution version
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is displayed in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
7 photos: Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
Photo 6 of 7: An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is displayed in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Download full-resolution version
F-35A Lighting II pilots from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, pose for a photo in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
7 photos: Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
Photo 7 of 7: F-35A Lighting II pilots from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, pose for a photo in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Download full-resolution version
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performs a flight demonstration for an audience at the Paris Air Show June 19, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Held every year, the Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. government security policy and strategic defense objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
The Patrouille de France air demonstration team performs a flyby to signify the official start of the Paris Air Show June 19, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Held every year, the Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. government security policy and strategic defense objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lands after performing a flight demonstration at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. This is the first time the F-35 has performed aerial demonstrations at an international air show. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. has static displays of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off to perform a flight demonstration at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. This is the first time the F-35 has performed aerial demonstrations at an international air show. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. has static displays of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is displayed in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is displayed in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
F-35A Lighting II pilots from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, pose for a photo in the U.S. corral at the Paris Air Show June 20, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Aside from the F-35, the U.S. is displaying an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a CH-47 Chinook, an AH-64 Apache, a P-8 Poseidon, a C-130J Super Hercules and a CV-22 Osprey. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to display their leadership in aerospeace and technology on an international scale. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)

U.S. aircraft and Department of Defense personnel are on display at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, June 19-25.

The show boasts aviation companies and militaries from around the world who showcase their latest and greatest tech for the world to see.

The DOD is displaying the F-35A Lightning II for the first time at the Paris Air Show as well as flying demonstrations for the first time at an international air show. Accompanying the F-35 are two F-16 Fighting Falcons, a V-22 Osprey, a C-130J Hercules, a P-8 Poseidon, a CH-47 Chinook, and an AH-64 Apache. During the public days the U.S. Air Force will exhibit the KC-135 Stratotanker as well.

These aircraft represent the the attack, strike, mobility, refueling and reconnaissance capabilities of the U.S. military.

This air show offers a unique opportunity to for the U.S. to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies.

“When we look at the challenges we have globally, what I am seeing is a growing demand from our partners in air, space, and cyberspace. We are busier than ever and people want the U.S. to be the partner of choice,” said Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs.

More than 150 military personnel are in Paris to support the air show on behalf of the DOD for the 52nd year of this premier event.

While the U.S. brought some of their most popular aircraft, the F-35 stole the show as the only 5th generation fighter in attendance among the 130 aircraft exhibited.

During its eight minute flight demonstration, the hustle and bustle of the air show stopped and crowds turn their undivided attention to the booming maneuvers being performed by the advanced fighter.

These demonstrations are crowd pleasers, but the F-35s real place is on the battlefield according to commanders.

“The impact of air superiority provided by our F-35s is integral to supporting our warfighter and NATO Allies,” said Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. “Showcasing our cutting-edge aircraft technology is one of many ways we ensure ready forces while deterring threats from the outset.”

The Paris Air Show provides a collaborative opportunity for to share and strengthen the U.S. and European partnership that has been forged over the past seven decades. The presence of these aircraft here demonstrates to an international audience, our strong ties with NATO and Europe.

The strong U.S. presence at the Paris Air Show demonstrates that the U.S. industry is producing the type of equipment that is critical to the success of current and future military operations.

The show is open to industry, military and media members 19-21 June and the public days will be 23-25 June.

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