Lockheed displays F-35 Lightning model downtown

Erin Wilde and 92.1 Hank FM was on hand Monday morning for a special promotion with Mark Johnson, F-35 Media Relations at Lockheed Martin. The fighter jet was part of promotions for the Armed Forces Bowl.

On a cold Monday morning in downtown Fort Worth, office workers were doing a double-take as they hurried into their office buildings. A look twice saw an F-35 Lightning II parked in the middle of the city.
This week, Lockheed Martin has set up its full-scale model of the next-generation fighter jet on Main Street in front of the Fort Worth Convention Center, giving the plane’s hometown a chance to get a closeup look at the high-tech jet being built in west Fort Worth.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day through Thursday, visitors can climb into the cockpit for free. A Lockheed test pilot will be there each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions.
Despite the freezing temperatures, people line up to take a turn sitting at the controls.
The display is part of the run-up to the Armed Forces Bowl, set for Friday afternoon at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium and pitting Louisiana Tech against Navy. Workers spent several hours on Sunday assembling the model, which was transported in several large pieces.
The model is an exact replica of an actual F-35 jet. In the past decade, Lockheed has taken the F-35 model around the world for appearances at air shows and in countries that are partners in the F-35 program: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Next, the model will be off to Pasadena, Calif., where it will be on display at Rose Bowl festivities celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Air Force.