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The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that Britain’s next generation of fighter jets, the F-35B Lightning, will start arriving at their new home, RAF Marham next month with the newly reformed No 617 Squadron. @RoyalNavy @RoyalAirForce 🔗:

F-35Bs land on UK carrier for first time
Tim Ripley, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
29 September 2018

Key Points

    F-35Bs flown by UK test pilots have landed on the Royal Navy carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time
    The event effectively marks the closing of the UK's ‘carrier gap’

A Royal Navy (RN) pilot landed a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on the UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time on 25 September.

The event, which signalled the return of fixed-wing aircraft operations from RN carriers after almost an eight-year hiatus, took place off the east coast of the United States.

RN Commander Nathan Gray was at the controls of the first aircraft, BF-05, to land on the 65,000-tonne carrier and in quick succession Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Andy Edgell landed his aircraft, BF-04, on the ship.

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RAF Voyager tanker completes first air-to-air refueling of British F-35B | Air Recognition - 18 October 2018 13:42

--- Quote ---The refuel took place on the 16th October 2018, over the North Sea at 19000ft. The Voyager, based at RAF Brize Norton, home to the RAF’s Air Mobility Fleet is no stranger to refuelling fast jets, being the RAF’s sole AAR capability.  The Voyager KC. Mk 2, is equipped with two underwing pods for refuelling fast jets, and the Voyager KC. Mk 3 has an additional centreline hose for use by larger aircraft.

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The F-35B Lightning II is the RAF’s newest combat aircraft, operated by No. 617 Squadron based at RAF Marham, Norfolk. This multi-role aircraft can conduct missions including air-to-surface, electronic warfare, intelligence gathering and air-to-air simultaneously.
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RAF F-35B Lightning II jet receives fuel from the Voyager for the first time in the UK (Credit: RAF)

UK doubles order for F-35 fighter jets
By Zachary F. Vasile 10 hrs ago  0

The British defense ministry announced Thursday that it intends to double its number of operational F-35 stealth fighter jets with a new order of 17 aircraft from manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Defense Secretary David Williamson said the new F-35B planes are to be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and will complement the United Kingdom’s current fleet of 16 F-35s based at Royal Air Force station Marham and in the United States. Britain also has two fighter jets already on order, Williamson said.

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RAF F-35B training for the first time with US and French fighter jets | Air Recognition - 29 November 2018 10:18

--- Quote ---The 617 Squadron jets joined over 40 other aircraft from the RAF, the United States Air Force (USAF) and the French Air Force on Exercise Point Blank, taking to the skies over East Anglia and the North Sea.

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The exercise also aimed to improve the operational capability within the established tri lateral framework of RAF, USAF, French Air Force cooperation.
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RAF F-35B training over East Anglia and the North Sea with US Air Force F-15 and French Air Force Rafale fighter jets (Credit: Royal Air Force)


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