The Pentagon is planning the international debut of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo, according to a Reuters report.
The F-35B is the likely model that would be displayed. Three F-35Bs have already been built for the British.
Allowing Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor building the F-35, to showcase the fifth generation fighter outside London could build support for the coalition of nations already on track to buy F-35s.
South Korea is expected to sign a $6.8 billion contract to buy 40 F-35s. The report says Canada and Denmark are re-evaluating the future orders for F-35s.
The F-35’s performance at Farnborough would be a boon to the international air show circuit. Last year, the US left their fighter jets at home during the Paris Air Show because of budget cuts connected to sequestration.