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More F-35s Arrive at Marham

Photo: 617 Squadron have taken the five new aircraft onto their roster. (Crown Copyright)


Five more F-35B aircraft have landed at RAF Marham, the second batch of Lightnings destined for 617 Squadron RAF.

The aircraft made the transiting flight from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina on 3 August, and flew non-stop to their new home at the British base. As with the delivery of the first batch, the F-35s required tanker support on their eight-hour flight.

They were piloted by both Royal Navy and RAF pilots, as Britain’s latest fighter aircraft will be operated jointly between the two services.

One of the five new F-35Bs to be flown to the UK. (Crown Copyright)

This latest delivery brings the total number of RAF F-35s in the UK to nine – the first batch of four arrived in June 2018 – and it is expected that 138 will be ordered.  The original quartet have begun flying training sorties and are expected to be become operational by the end of the year.

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