Roby "flies" F-35
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) spoke to the employees at GKN Aerospace on Wednesday, May 2 and climbed into the cockpit of the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 simulator at the Tallassee facility. GKN is an F-35 supplier.
"As you all know, the 187th Fighter Wing at Danelly Field was recently selected to receive the F-35," Roby said to hundreds of GKN employees. "I'm so proud that each of you here today claim an historic role in making that happen. The F-35 coming to Montgomery is a very big deal. Landing this mission could result in as many as a thousand additional jobs here in the great state of Alabama and as much as $3 billion in capital investment to our region and state. That's just the beginnning. I'm not the only one who can't wait to hear the sound of freedom flying over the river region."
Roby tested the F-35 simulator before dining with members of the GKN workforce for lunch.
"I was absolutely thrilled to “fly” it myself and to join the GKN employees in seeing firsthand what they work so hard towards," she added. "Many thanks to GKN for hosting me, and a special thank you to Lockheed Martin for making this extraordinary afternoon possible."
GKN Aerospace employees approximately 800 at its Tallassee plant. GKN is the world leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. The company employs 18,000 in 14 different countries.