A congressional delegation got an early start on touring the air show on Sunday, having lunch with air crews and visiting the U.S. military aircraft corral. The group, led by Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, made several stops on their corral tour, the day before the official opening of the air show. Inouye was designated the official representative of President Obama at the show.
Joining Inouye were Senators James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Thad Cochran of Mississippi.
The group toured the U.S. Defense Department aircraft corral, starting with the AAI RQ-7 Shadow UAV, a reconnaisance aircraft deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. The delegation also visited the Raytheon Patriot Missile, Lockheed Martin F-16c Viper, Boeing F-15e Strike Eagle, Lockheed Martin C-130j Hercules, Boeing C-17 Globemaster, Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk, Northrop Grumman E-2c Hawkeye, Northrop Grumman C-2 Greyhound, Boeing F/A-18f Super Hornet, and Boeing UAV Scan Eagle.
Senator Inouye Greets Air Crew in U.S. Military Corral
Also Sunday, AIA sponsored a reception with the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies, to celebrate the close ties between the U.S. and Japan. President and CEO Marion Blakey noted the great opportunity for U.S. and Japanese industry in the global marketplace, saying that Japan-U.S. cooperation in all sectors of aerospace - civil, defense, and space - will only grow stronger to the benefit of both countries.
AIA President & CEO Marion Blakey with SJAC Chairman Ikuo Mori, former AIA Chairman Clay Jones of Rockwell Collins and SJAC President Kosuke Imashimizu
Later AIA hosted a dinner that featured an address by Dominique Bussereau, the French Secretary of State in charge of Transports. Secretary Bussereau lauded the long-standing relationship between the two countries, highlighting many of our shared interests.