First Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II fighter jet lands In UK

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The first of the RAF’s new fleet of supersonic £100m fighter jets has touched down in the UK, that reported by news.sky.com.

The F-35B Lightning II – the world’s most advanced stealth combat aircraft – arrived on British soil for the first time overnight at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

The fighter was piloted by Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols as it flew across the Atlantic accompanied by two other F35Bs 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.


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