GOP lawmaker flies an F-35 … simulator

Rep. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesToo much ‘can do,’ not enough candor Trump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary 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.