The Paris Air Show is right around the corner, and pretty soon you'll be seeing lots of wall-to-wall coverage from your friends at Buzz and Defense Tech. In the meantime, here's a quick update from DoD about who and what -- in terms of birds -- will be at Le Bourget this year.
A top Pentagon spokesman, Marine Col. Dave Lapan, announced that Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn will be there, as will Brett Lambert from Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (Manufacturing and Industrial Policy). Top Pentagon weapons-buyer Ash Carter and PDUSD Frank Kendall will not be there there. "From the JSF office, MajGen C.D. Moore and Joe Dellavedova are attending," Lapan wrote. There will be no F-35s at the show.
Per Lapan's notice, the U.S. military aircraft set for static display at Paris include: "CH-47F, LUH-72, RQ-7 Shadow UAV, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, HH-60G, F-15E, F-16C, C-130J, C-17A, C-5A."
So if you were hoping to see an F-22, looks like the answer is going to be non.