GOP lawmaker flies an F-35 … simulator

Rep. Randy ForbesRandy ForbesHouse stays Republican as GOP limits losses 78 lawmakers vote to sustain Obama veto Insiders dominate year of the outsider 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.

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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.