The Cleveland National Air Show, which has become a tradition for families since 1964, runs during Labor Day Weekend August 31-Sept. 2 at Burke Lakefront Airport.
The highlight of this year’s was F-35 Demo Team performing three days during the Cleveland International Air Show
Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35A Demo Team pilot, flies over Cleveland Ohio, during the Cleveland International Air Show Sept. 1, 2019. The team performed all three days of the air show.
The fifth- generation F-35 Lightning II integrates advanced stealth technology into a highly agile, supersonic aircraft that provides the pilot with unprecedented situational awareness and unmatched lethality and survivability.
On July 7, 2006 the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was officially named the Lightning II to honor the World War II-era Lockheed P-38 Lightning and the mid-1950s Lightning supersonic jet built by English Electric.
Three variants of the F-35 are being produced. The Air Force’s F-35A is a conventional landing and takeoff variant. The Marine Corps’ F-35B is a short takeoff and vertical landing variant. The Navy’s F-35C is a carrier variant.
The U.S. military plans to buy 2,456 total of the jets in its variations: 1,763 for the Air Force, 420 for the Marines and 273 for the Navy. The totals don’t include more than 700 potential foreign military sales.
The F-35A uses the boom method of aerial refueling and is the only variant to have an internal cannon.
The U.S. Air Force as well as the majority of allied air forces will fly the F-35A, making it the most prevalent F-35 variant.