The Lockheed Martin F-35 will make its Asia-Pacific air show debut at Air Show Australia at Avalon in late February.

Two F-35As will be flown from the USA, says the show organiser in a statement.

This marks the first time the F-35 will appear in Australia. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has taken delivery of two F-35As, which are part of the international F-35 training pool at Luke AFB in Arizona.

The RAAF is committed to buying 72 F-35As, and could take its acquisition up to 100 aircraft.

A source familiar with the F-35A’s debut says the aircraft’s appearance at the show was contingent upon securing air-to-air refuelling support for the ferry flight from the USA.

The Avalon air show will also see the public debut of the RAAF’s Boeing EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft, as well as several other recent acquisitions.

Held at Avalon International Airport near Melbourne, Airshow Australia will run from Tuesday 28 February to Sunday 5 March.

Source: Cirium Dashboard