As military budgets continue to be tightened it is rare to see a brand new combat aircraft flying at an air show these days. Aviation Nation 2016 bucked that trend with the presence of the USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team from Luke AFB.
The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter officially entered USAF operational service in 2016. Much maligned due to difficulties with its highly advanced technology implementation, high cost and so on, I can tell you it is impressive to see them fly and be put through their paces just a little bit. The F-35A with full afterburner roaring is surprisingly loud!