US Rep. Bill Young Will “Fly” An F-35

On Monday, U.S. Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young gets an opportunity to fly the world’s most advanced military aircraft—the F-35 Lightning.

Not quite the real thing, though. But Young will be as close to flying as anyone can come, that is without leaving the ground.

Young will be “flying” the world’s most advanced interactive cockpit simulator, the F-35 II, at the Lockheed Martin facility in Pinellas Park. It accurately simulates the first-ever fifth generation fighter, which is the world’s most advanced military aircraft.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m.

The simulator is a fully interactive cockpit, with all the sights and sounds of the real thing. It gives users a completely realistic experience of the fighter’s technologies and combat capabilities.