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F-35 to Star Alongside Clark Kent, the Man of Steel

Written by on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The F-35’s first mission in service to the people of the United States of America won’t be a stealth reconnaissance flight or an aerial battle – it will be an acting role. An F-35 will be featured alongside the Man of Steel in the upcoming Superman movie remake.

From the looks of things, this was a decision that everybody could get behind. Hollywood is already chomping at the bit to get their cameras locked onto the world’s most advanced fighter jet, and for good reason. F-22s have been dominating the silver screen for some time now, but now moviegoers want to see their most recent tax dollars in action. We all loved seeing the Hulk grapple with an F-22 and Iron Man dodge missiles, but it’s time for the F-22 to move over and let the new kid get some screen time.

Phil Strub, the Pentagon’s Hollywood liaison, explained that “The F-35 came up in very, very preliminary conversation in a very preliminary meeting regarding Top Gun 2.” For the Superman film, the Pentagon arranged for two F-35s to be towed in to Edwards Air Force Base as “background candy.” It’s still a little bit unclear as to whether these F-35s will just be sitting pretty on the Tarmac, or if they’re going to fly alongside Clark cialis cheap Kent (or Kal-El if we’re using his Kryptonian name) in the skies above Metropolis. Let’s hope it’s the former. Watching Superman soar across Earth through the eyes of an F-35 pilot is the closest we’re going to get to super powers outside of hopping on the Superman rollercoaster.

F-35 in Flight

Image source: Militaryphotos.net

We can only hope for the latter. Movie-goers have seen a few F-35s in flight before, but they’ve all been CGI knockoffs. This could be the first chance that the F-35 has to earn some widespread public adoration and get back on the tax payer’s good side.

This will undoubtedly be the first in a long line of movie appearances for the F-35. With the overwhelming success of summer action blockbusters, it’s an inevitability that Hollywood directors will be dying to feature the F-35 in their next war scene. Of course, directors need to do much more than include these sleek aircraft on camera – they’ll also need ensure that they give accurate portrayals of aerial combat. For that, Strike Fighter Consulting can offer expert knowledge about life as a combat fighter. Hard facts about the Air Force can validate a film to provide authentic, dramatic portrayals about the life-or-death decisions that pilots have to make in the cockpit every day.

If you want advice about the world of military aviation, there’s no better people to turn to than men and women who have sat in the cockpit and flown some of the world’s most advanced aircraft. With over 50 current and ex-warfighters on call, Strike Fighter Consulting Inc. can give you access to up-to-date, first-hand technical and tactical expertise.

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