The ban on the F-22 appearing at the Paris air show - which was last made an international issue by the U.S.' following' France’s refusal' to support the 2003 invasion of Iraq—is off. Both U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin officials say the stealthy fighter will appear there on the ground and not just in a flyover.
There were hard feelings from the first visit of the F-117 Night Hawk to the air show when French customs did an unusually thorough and lengthy examination of the first stealth design. French air force pilots were also recently accused of' collecting intelligence on the Indian air force’s Su-30MKI during a 2008 Red Flag exercise. Lockheed Martin also would like another review of the ban on F-22 exports which could help production of the stealth fighter to continue.