The Duluth Airshow's getting some Lightning – the rare F-35's been added to the lineup

The fighter aircraft is only doing 12 shows in the U.S. this year.
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The Duluth Airshow has a new star in its lineup: a rare F-35 Lightning.

The fighter plane is only flying 14 shows across the globe this year – 12 of those are in the U.S. So having this declassified aircraft in Duluth is pretty special.

Especially considering Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing has been working to upgrade its F-16s to the newer F-35s.

“We are truly honored to have been selected and I am at a loss for words,” said Airshow President Ryan Kern.

Kern went on to say that having the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Snowbirds at this year's show is huge. And now that there will be an F-35, Kern says the Duluth Airshow will be "one of the top if not the top airshow in all of the United States in 2017.”

The Duluth Airshow runs June 3-4 at the Duluth International Airport. You can get tickets here.

About the plane

The F-35 Lightning is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

The Lightning is a single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft. And the plane's website says it's "the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter."

According to the Duluth Airshow's description, three variants of the plane will eventually replace older models in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps.

To learn more and to see the plane in action, check out this video.

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