IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The U.S. Air Force will bring its F-35 Lightning II fighter to Idaho Falls’ Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show this summer. The show is scheduled July 22-23.
Idaho Falls will be one of twelve cities in North America that will feature the Heritage Flight program. The program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. The F-35 will perform alongside other fighter/attack aircraft from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
“It is truly an amazing honor for the city of Idaho Falls to be awarded the F-35 Heritage Flight, as the aircraft is all but impossible to get,” said Russell Johnson, chairman of the Idaho Falls Air Show Board of Directors. The board applied for the show with the Department of Defense last year.
“The selection process was extremely competitive and challenging,” said Johnson, “and for the city to host both the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team and the U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight is remarkable and exciting.”
The F-35 is the Air Force’s latest fighter and provides next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations.
You can find more information about the F-35 here.
The Air Show expects to begin selling tickets for this summer’s event this month.