Watch the F-35 perform its international airshow debut with an Air Power Demo

The F-35 made its debut in European Airshow circuit at the Leeuwarden air show, in the Netherlands.

On Jun. 10, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter made its international airshow debut during the “Luchtmachtdagen 2016” airshow at Leeuwarden Air Base.

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The first two Dutch F-35A aircraft, AN-1 (F-001) and AN-2 (F-002), that had arrived at Leeuwarden at the end of the type’s first eastbound transatlantic crossing, on May 23, performed an “Air Power Demo” along with RNlAF (Royal Netherlands Air Force) F-16s, AH-64, Chinook that simulated a series of attacks on the airfield.

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The Dutch F-35As were deployed to the Netherlands to conduct both aerial and ground environmental noise tests and perform flights over the North Sea range.


The F-35 also performed a flyover in formation with a Spitfire and an F-16.

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Here below you can find an interesting clip showing the “Air Power Demo” by Robin van der Reest.

All images, credit: Marco Ferrageau


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  1. Good, we might finally be able to see one at the 2017 Bourget airshow here in France, even perhaps with an F22 since they’re here in Europe (it’s not forbidden to dream, is it ?).

    Not that I’m overexcited about the F35 itself, but I kinda like the plane and it would bring something really new in a while, plus the fact that it will equip many of our european air forces for a while.

  2. Bad to the fuckin bone.. wow. finally the F35 shuts down some haters – can’t turn can’t climb ahahahahah

    • It made quite an impression indeed. It’s fast, looks awesome while flying (not on the tarmac) and gives an impression of power indeed. The first experiences shared by pilots are good too – they seem to like it and are learning how to use it to their advantage. It’s still an expensive project, but possibly a leap forward for allied air power with this new cold war thing.

    • Hopefully it will never have to go that low and slow… nor troops in contact will call it for a show of force or strafing run. It may catch fire like a zippo for a single assault rifle bullet.

  3. If the A10 was built around a gun, this thing was built around an engine. lol

  4. The Samaratins are going to be swamped by all those F-35 haters, not knowing what to do with themselves.

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