Five F-35B jets made the 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic from a US Marine Corps base in South Carolina supported by Voyager tankers.
9 of the UK’s 15 F-35Bs are now in the UK.
According to a statement yesterday:
“The F-35 is the world’s largest defence programme at over $1.3 trillion, and UK industry is providing 15% of every one of over 3,000 jets set for the global order book. That makes the economic impact greater than if we were building 100% of all 138 aircraft which we intend to buy.
The F-35s took off from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort earlier today, and are being flown by British pilots of the newly-reformed 617 Squadron, which was immortalised by the famous Dambusters’ raid during World War II.”