The Royal Air Force’s new fighter jet, the F-35 has touched down on English soil after a 3,000 mile trip from South Carolina.
The four jets, that cost £92 million each, completed the Atlantic crossing in just 9 hours with a top speed of 1,200 kph. They will be based in RAF Marham in Norfolk and are expected to be ready for operation in December.
The new jet marks an important year for the RAF as it celebrates it’s 100 year anniversary.
It will be flown by both RAF and Royal Navy pilots and will be able to take off from Britain’s aircraft carriers.
Similar to the Harrier Jet, the F-35 will be able to land vertically.
The jets were described as, “Game Changing,” by the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson. “These formidable fighters are a national statement of our intent to protect ourselves and our allies from intensifying threats across the world,” he said.
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