"The F-35A strengthens partnerships and improves regional stability," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said in a statement. "We welcome the opportunity to further demonstrate the revolutionary capabilities of this aircraft." After it's debut last year, the F-35 will return to an European Airshow again. Last year the European airshow visitors had to see the aircraft in three different events in three different air force marks in the Netherlands (RNLAF) and the United Kingdom (RAF and USAF).
Defensenews said: "A few weeks ago, officials from the F-35 Joint Program Office stated that there were no plans to show the F-35 at Le Bourget Airport this year. Preparations to bring the joint strike fighter to Farnborough International Airshow in 2016 — the aircraft’s first appearance at a major European air show — began about half a year in advance. Eight operational F-35As from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, are currently located in Europe for training and exercises with NATO partners. So far, the jets have conducted exercises with U.S. and U.K. aircraft at RAF Lakenhealth in England, as well as making out and back stops to Estonia and Bulgaria. It was not immediately clear whether those F-35s will simply stay in Europe for the air show or whether they will return back to the United States first.
The Air Force also hasn’t disclosed how many F-35s will show up at the event and whether the "A" models will conduct a flying demonstration. However, the decision to show the aircraft is a publicity coup for manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Although France has no plans to buy the joint strike fighter, the show provides another venue to drive interest in the aircraft and showcase its capability to other potential foreign customers. "