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Confirmed and Heavy Hints for RIAT 16

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday confirmed that it will send a pair of F-35A fighter jets to two air shows in Britain this summer, joining two U.S. Marine Corps jets and at least one British jet that are also slated to appear.

The two F-35 jets from Luke Air Force Base will be on static display at the shows, and one will participate in so-called "heritage flights" with vintage warplanes at both the annual Royal International Air Tattoo and the world's biggest air show in Farnborough, outside London in July, said Air Force spokeswoman Major Kelley Jeter.

"We're very excited about demonstrating this capability to the world," the Air Force's chief of staff, General Mark Welsh, said in a statement. "The F-35 represents a new way of thinking about data integration, weapons and tactics."

Reuters reported on Monday that the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force and Britain would send F-35 jets to the air shows this summer, but Air Force officials did not confirm the news until Tuesday.

Also how's this for a heavy hint. As  reported by Martin Davenport of the Unofficial RIAT Nutters Facebook site:

Just received this!
ACC F-22 Raptor Demo Team
Martin. Our schedule should be finalized and posted the first week of February, hopefully we'll see you in July