An F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft conducted a rare flyover above the White House South Lawn in Washington, D.C., on June 12, to commemorate Polish President Andrzej Duda’s visit and Poland’s decision to purchase the aircraft.
The first-ever F-35 White House flyover was flown by a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B, from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501), based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. Flyovers above the White House, which is in restricted airspace, occur only rarely.
Poland has announced its intent to acquire 32 F-35s, a significant step on the path to bringing 5th Generation capability to Poland’s armed forces and further strengthening our critical US-Poland partnership across government, military and industry.
The flyover comes the same week the F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin reached a handshake agreement announcing the lowest cost F-35s in history. The agreement, known as Lots 12-14, includes more than 470 total F-35s and reduces costs to equal or below legacy, 4thgeneration fighters.
With stealth technology, advanced sensors, supersonic speed, weapons capacity and superior range, the F-35 is the most lethal, survivable and connected aircraft in the world. More than a fighter jet, the F-35’s ability to collect, analyze and share data, is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, surface and ground-based assets in the battlespace enabling men and women in uniform to execute their mission and return home safely.