GOP lawmaker flies an F-35 … simulator

Rep. Randy ForbesRandy ForbesTrump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary Trump likely to tap business executive to head Navy: report MORE (R-Va.) on Tuesday had the chance to fly, at least virtually, one of the Pentagon’s most costly weapons programs when he climbed inside the cockpit simulator of an F-35 fighter.

Forbes, chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower subcommittee, “flew” through clear skies before landing on an aircraft carrier during a demonstration at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation in Suffolk, Va., which is located in his district.

The Virginia lawmaker tweeted a picture montage of himself at the defense contractor’s hub and his office posted a video of him behind the stick of the F-35 Lightning II demonstrator.