Gardner pilots F-35 demo flight while celebrating Ball Aerospace honor
Author: Mike McKibbin - October 10, 2016 - Updated: October 13, 2016
His cockpit instruments locked onto a control tower, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner fired a GPS-controlled missile without enemy fighters detecting his presence.
A minute later, the missile struck its target. Gardner turned his F-35 Lightning II jet back home and safely landed on a U.S. Navy carrier to cheers and applause.
While Gardner did not actually fly the next generation stealth fighter - he sat in a demonstration cockpit at Ball Aerospace's Westminster facility on Monday, Oct. 10 - the experience was appreciated by the Republican lawmaker.