Pentagon’s Stealth Jet Silver Screen Debut
It is faster than a sluggish bureaucracy. More powerful than enemy radar and ble to scale tall buildings with a single engine. It’s the debut of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons program in human history.
The F-35 will appear in theaters for the first time next summer in Man of Steel, Zach Snyder’s anticipated re-imagining of the Superman franchise. It is perhaps the best cinematic debut possible for an aircraft program that’s suffered numerous budgetary and engineering woes.
Phil Strub, the Pentagon’s Hollywood liaison, tells in an interview “It was a target of opportunity” . When the filmmakers visited California’s Edwards Air Force Base in January to get shots of military aircraft for a scene, they were excited to learn that the base hosted a complement of F-35s for flight testing. The base arranged for two of them to be towed into the shot.
“They liked the idea of having the most modern, the newest fighter aircraft in the background,” says Strub, who was on location with Man of Steel at Edwards.
Take a look at a teaser of the Man of Steel movie: