Britain’s First F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet Lands In UK

Forces TV // June 30, 2016

An RAF F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter has touched down in Britain for the first time.

The fighter was piloted by Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols as it flew across the Atlantic accompanied by two other F-35Bs from the United States Marine Corps and supported by refuelling tankers.

The world’s most advanced stealth aircraft landed under a rainbow at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire last night. The arrival was two years late due to technical problems, including an engine fire that forced it to pull out of an airshow and a problem with the ejector seat.

It’s expected the supersonic jets will be displayed at the royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show over the next few weeks.

The jet, which is capable of short take off and vertical landing, should enter service with the RAF and Royal Navy in 2018.

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