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Fifth Generation Fighters

Don’t get me wrong – I love my career and the opportunity to work at VIE, but… I have to be honest, I’d leave it in a heartbeat for the chance to fly one of these. Unfortunately, my less-than-perfect eyesight ended my career as a fighter pilot before it ever started, and the only thing I’ll ever fly is a Cessna.

Alan Norman has, at least in my opinion, the best job in the world. He’s a test pilot for Lockheed-Martin, and his office is the cockpit of the world’s only fifth generation fighters aircraft. What does this have to do with VIE? Well, our offices are located right between Eglin Air Force Base (the home of the F-35 Lightning II program) and Tyndall Air Force Base (the home of Air Dominance and the F-22 Raptor program). Living here is like having a front-row seat at an airshow every day!

Enjoy this video, and be proud of our men and women who make it all possible!

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