|Bob Russell to present overview of F-35 ‘Lightning II’ weapon system at Peerless next Thursday, May 22|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Bob Russell, a consultant for Lockheed Martin Aerospace, will present an overview of the F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter weapon system at the Peerless Theatre Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m.
The briefing, to last 45 minutes to an hour, will consist of a PowerPoint presentation to explain the latest multi-role fighter being developed for the United States and its allies. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Bob Russell is pictured by the first F-35 ever built.
Lt. Col. Russell, United States Air Force, was raised in Holyoke and graduated in 1964 from Holyoke High School. He attended Colorado State University and, in addition to attaining his degree, was commissioned in the Air Force in 1968.
Russell spent 20 years in the service, serving in the U.S. and overseas in a variety of jobs, including aircraft maintenance, public affairs, intelligence, teaching students flight training and flying fighters. He retired in 1988 with about 3,000 hours flight time, both military and civilian.
He then spent 20 years with Lockheed Martin Aerospace designing fighter cockpits, including those for the F-22 Raptor and the newest jet for the Air Force, Navy and Marines—the F-35 Lightning II. Russell is retired, and he and his wife Judy live in Hot Springs Village, Ark.
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