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April 30, 2017 12:33 pm

For First Time, F-35 Fighter Jets to Soar Through Israel’s Skies During Annual Independence Day Air Show

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Israel’s first F-35 at its roll-out ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas in June 2016. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

For the first time, the Israel Air Force’s new F-35 “Adir” stealth fighter jets will take part in the annual Independence Day air show in the skies across Israel on Tuesday, the Hebrew news site Walla reported.

The IAF received its initial pair of F-35s in December. Three more of the Lockheed Martin-built planes landed at the Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel last week and another four are expected to arrive by the end of 2017 (Israel has ordered a total of 50 F-35s, with delivery set to be completed in 2021).

“The F-35 has very accurate and powerful weaponry that can reach anywhere,” an unnamed senior IAF officer told Walla. “I’m constantly excited anew about its capabilities.”

The integration process of the planes into the IAF’s fleet has been going well so far, the officer said, F-35s could start conducting operational missions in the coming months.

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