This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Want to own the world’s most advanced fighter jet? It’ll cost you about $100 million — just for one. Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II has come under plenty of criticism for its ever-growing R&D price tag. The plane is many billions of dollars over budget, and hasn’t met performance expectations throughout its development process. But it makes for a fantastic air show guest!

If you happen to be attending the Farnborough Air Show this week on a day the F-35 is scheduled to perform, you can expect a performance just like the one above.

The F-35 performing for attendees at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show.
The F-35 performing for attendees at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show.

After some high and low-speed passes over thousands of spectators, the plane came in for its grand finale, hovering just in front of me for what seemed like at least five minutes, just as the Harrier did in 2014. If you manage to score a viewing spot at the east end of the runway, be sure to bring some earplugs — this thing is loud.

And if you manage to capture a hilarious bird vs. bird shot like the one below, please share it in the comments:

See below for more from Farnborough 2016:

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card



CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.