VIDEO: F-35A fighter jet lands in Abbotsford, making Canadian debut

Aircraft will be on display Friday to Sunday at the Abbotsford International Airshow

  • Aug. 11, 2016 2:00 p.m.

The F35-A Lightning II will be on display at the Abbotsford International Airshow

The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II landed today (Thursday) in Abbotsford, marking the first time that the fighter jet will be on display in Canada.

Two of the aircraft landed at the Abbotsford Airport in preparation for the Abbotsford International Airshow – which starts tomorrow – but only one will be on public display.

The F-35A has been the topic of much political debate in Canada, with the current Liberal government not yet committing to a previous Conservative government plan to replace its fleet of CF-18s by 2025 with the expensive Lockheed Martin planes.

The U.S. Air Force announced on Aug. 2 that it now considers the F-35 ready for combat.

The Abbotsford International Airshow runs from Friday to Sunday at the Abbotsford Airport. Visit for more information.


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