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    The US defense giant Lockheed Martin has confirmed plans to display F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at the upcoming Paris Air Show.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A demonstration of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at the upcoming Paris Air Show will go ahead as announced earlier, the US defense and aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin announced in a Twitter statement.

    "The previously announced plans for the #F35 aerial demo debut at salondubourget will continue as planned," the tweet said on Friday.

    The statement made no mention of a US Air Force decision earlier on Friday to ground 48 F-35 aircraft at Luke Air Force Base in the US state of Arizona following five incidents since May 2 in which pilots reported hypoxia-like symptoms.

    In each case, the aircraft's backup oxygen system operated as designed and the pilot followed the correct procedures, landing the aircraft safely, the Air Force stated in a press release.

    Currently, the F-35 grounding is limited to Luke Air Force Base, the release said.

    The 52nd International Paris Air Show will take place June 19-25 at an exhibition facility near Paris.


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