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Marine Corps F-35 ski fighters to conduct flight time of the White House during Polish President's visit



Two F-35 Marine Corps fighters will own a flight from the White House on Wednesday to mark the Polish President Andrzej Duda's visit and Poland's agreement to buy the advanced aircraft from the United States.

The rare, if not unusual, White House flyover is the first for US military's most advanced aircraft.

Talk to reporters on Wednesday, President Donald Trump previewed flyover and said the fighters would make two passes over the White House before going "straight up", moving the hand.

"They will put on a very small show for us, but it will be something," he said.

The White House said that flyover partially acknowledged Poland's decision to acquire its own F-35, a coveted purchase, so that Warsaw could replace aging Soviet plans.

Trump said Poland had agreed to buy "32 or 35 brand new F-35s at the highest level."

"In honor of today's visit by President Duda in the Republic of Poland, two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft will carry out a short flight over the White House this afternoon," Vita's Vice President-in-Office Hogan Gidley confirmed in a statement. "We appreciate Poland's plan to buy this exceptional aircraft and welcome the opportunity for DOD demonstration pilots to showcase the F-35 while logging on to the required training hours."

The F-35s fly to the nation's capital from the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. They are expected to fly low and slowly over the White House's southern lawn just before 2 am EST at about 1

,000 feet and 115 miles per hour, an official said.

  PHOTO: Pilots with Marine Aircraft Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) flying F-35B Lightning II under the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Air Show, April 28.
Lawyer Bobby Yarbrough / Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) flies F-35B Lightning II during Beaufort Air Show Marine Corps Air Station, April 28.

It would be short before Trump and Duda are planning to hold a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

Trump has described the aircraft F-35 as "invisible" and has personally intervened with the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin to lower the cost of the program.

In addition to the F-35 sales, Trump said on Wednesday that as many as 2000 US forces could rotate through Poland from US bases in Germany.

A separate US official previously told ABC News that the United States would send about 1,000 US rotational forces to Poland stationed at various Polish bases in the country.

  PHOTO: Pilots with Marine Aircraft Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) fly F-35B Lightning II during the Beaufort Air Show, April 28, at the Marine Corps Air Station.
Bobby Yarbrough / Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) flies F-35B Lightning II during the Beaufort Air Show, Air Corps Marine Corps, April 28.

The announcement of further US-Poland military cooperation is not expected to include the establishment of a US base in Poland called "Fort Trump" originally proposed by the Poles to counter Russian aggression, confirmed the official.

Trump told reporters that conversations continue around a possible American base and says, "We haven't completed anything."

There are already 4,500 US troops rotating through Poland as part of NATO. The United States also helps build a missile defense base in Poland, which aims to defend American and European allies from a "rogue" missile threat, namely Iran.

ABC News & # 39; Meridith McGraw contributed to this report.


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