First F-35B vertical landing

First Vertical Landing For F-35B At Home Base

First F-35B vertical landing

The first of the UK's aircraft arrived at their home base in June. (Image: Twitter/OC 617 Squadron).

The F-35B Lightning II has performed its first vertical landing at RAF Marham.

The UKs supersonic stealth aircraft landed on to the base's vertical landing pad - the home base of the F-35B.

The aircraft was flown by 617 Squadron, the UK's first frontline Lightning Squadron.

The F-35B was stationed in America during their manufacture, being tested and used for training by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots.

More: All You Need To Know About The F-35B Lightning II

The first of the UK's jets were welcomed into the UK in June, two months ahead of schedule.

When the F-35B aircraft arrived at RAF Marham, the officer commanding of 617 squadron Wing Commander John Butcher described it as "probably the biggest moment in my RAF career to date".

Britain has pledged to purchase a total of 138 of the F-35B - the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the jets.

Later this year F-35 flight trials will take place off aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, seeing British pilots fly jointly-owned test jets that are currently based at Patuxent River, Maryland, off the deck.

Wing Commander John Butcher
Wing Commander John Butcher was the first to land the F-35B at RAF Marham. (Image: Crown Copyright).