Two F-35 Marine Corps fighters will conduct a flyover of the White House on Wednesday to mark Polish president Andrzej Duda's visit, according to U.S. officials.
The rare White House flyover is the first for the U.S. military's most advanced aircraft. It could signal that the U.S. and Poland have reached a deal for Warsaw to acquire F-35s of its own, a long-sought-after purchase so that Poland could replace aging Soviet-era planes.
The F-35s are flying to the nation's capital from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. They're expected to fly low and slow over the White House South Lawn just before 2 p.m. EST at about 1,000 feet and 115 miles per hour, one official said.
That would be shortly before President Donald Trump and the Polish president are scheduled to hold a news conference outside in the White House Rose Garden.
Trump has described the F-35 stealth aircraft as "invisible" and has personally intervened with the aircraft's producer Lockheed Martin to lower the cost of the program.