News: United Kingdom

  • Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Ramping Up

    UK Ministry of Defence // November 11, 2013
    The final section of the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth has been fitted onto the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier.
  • F-35: Lifting The UK’s Economy

    F-35: Lifting The UK’s Economy

    London // September 12, 2013
    Thirteen British companies and the U.K. Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology participated in a Lockheed Martin Industry Recognition Event during the DSEI tradeshow today.
  • British Pilots, Maintainers Praise F-35B Performance Onboard the USS Wasp

    Fort Worth, Texas // September 12, 2013

    The United Kingdom’s future fighter aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35B, earned strong praise for its performance from British pilots and maintainers during recent developmental testing held onboard the USS Wasp.

    “Just flying F-35 is the highlight of my career, so being able to come to the USS Wasp and fly F-35…

  • Joint Statement – Norwegian/UK F-35 collaboration

    The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence // September 06, 2013
    The Norwegian and UK Ministries of Defence have today agreed to cooperate more closely on the future operation of the F-35 Lightning II in Europe.
  • Dambusters To Be Next Lightning II Squadron

    Royal Air Force // July 18, 2013
    The Royal Air Force has today announced that 617 Squadron, the famous ‘Dambusters’, will be the first operational squadron using Lightning II aircraft.
  • Training for Joint, U.K. F-35 Programs Heat Up

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // July 03, 2013

    The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters ramped up to 28 aircraft June 25, bringing in new capability for the F-35 Integrated Training Center as the team trains to provide combat operations capability in the years ahead.

  • Third F-35 for the U.K. Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

    Third F-35 for the U.K. Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // June 26, 2013
    The third Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., yesterday where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training.
  • Pilot Completes First F-35 Vertical Landing for Royal Air Force

    Pilot Completes First F-35 Vertical Landing for Royal Air Force

    Patuxent River, Md. // June 04, 2013
    Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II on May 28.

    Following the flight, Schofield commented on the F-35B’s handling capabilities.

    “The F-35 has truly revolutionised STOVL…

  • First Navy Pilot Gives Glowing Feedback of ‘Unrivaled’ Next-Generation Fighter

    Navy News // May 21, 2013
    The Navy’s first pilot of its next-generation jump jet says it will give the nation’s future carriers “unrivaled” striking power.

    After a month flying the F35 Lightning II – the most advanced stealth fighter in the world – Lt Cdr Ian Tidball has given the aircraft a glowing testimonial.

    The veteran Harrier…

  • Joint Strike Fighter

    GOV.UK // May 20, 2013
    A small team of UK personnel are learning all about the fifth-generation stealth aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

    So far, Britain has taken delivery of 2 Lightning II multi-role Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The pair of STOVL (short take-off and vertical landing) variants of the F-35 fast jet are currently…

  • Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes First Flight

    Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes First Flight

    Fort Worth, Texas // April 02, 2013

    Monday, the third United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II sped down the runway at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base embarking on its first flight. The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a…

  • First International Student Pilot Flies F-35

    First International Student Pilot Flies F-35

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 21, 2013
    The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing, training to be an F-35B instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter on March 19.
  • United Kingdom Accepts First International F-35

    Fort Worth, Texas // July 19, 2012

    The United Kingdom accepted the first international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft in a ceremony today with senior representatives of the U.K. Ministry of Defence and the U.S. Department of Defense.