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Knight Discusses Future of Aerospace at F-35 Event

Congressman Emphasizes Aircraft's Importance To Regional Economy and National Security

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Washington, September 1, 2016 | Daniel Outlaw (202-225-1956) | comments
Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) joined employees, community leaders, and local officials on Thursday at an event at in the Antelope Valley showcasing the F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator. 

The event, held at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, gave attendees the opportunity to experience what it is like to pilot the stealth fighter. Prior to “flying” the demonstrator, Knight gave remarks about the area’s rich legacy of aerospace production and the F-35’s role in continuing that legacy.

“The manufacturers and installations in our community make a significant contribution to our aerospace industry and our national defense,” Knight said. “We truly are in the Aerospace Valley- much of the jet is built right here in Palmdale, and we have more than 20 F-35 suppliers across our region.” 

Knight, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has long supported initiatives to improve and expand aerospace manufacturing in the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valleys. Earlier this year he introduced the Aeronautics Innovation Act, which would establish out a comprehensive roadmap for American aerospace with the goal of developing aeronautics programs that can face the challenges of the 21st century. Prior to that, he led efforts in the California State Legislature to bring production of the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber to the Antelope Valley.

“The F-35 helps with two of my top priorities: helping job creation and protecting the American warfighter,” continued Knight, “That is why I am here supporting it today.” 
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