F-35Bs touch down at Marham
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Five More F-35B Jets Land In The UK

The F-35B jets made the 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic to their new home at RAF Marham

F-35Bs touch down at Marham

F-35B jets arrive at RAF Marham. (Picture: MOD)

A further five F-35 Lightning fighter jets have landed at their new home at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

The jets touched down on Friday night after making the 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic from a US Marine Corps base in South Carolina supported by Voyager tankers.

Nine of the UK's 15 F-35Bs are now in the UK, after the first four arrived at Marham in June.

The supersonic aircraft have been stationed at US Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina since their manufacture, where they have been tested and used for training by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots.

 

Defence Minister Stuart Andrew, said: "Our next batch of formidable F35 fighter jets touching down on British soil takes us one step closer to seeing them on operations from their new home at RAF Marham, as well as from the decks of our iconic aircraft carriers.

"Marham is now home to nine of the most advanced and dynamic stealth fighter jets in the world, and their arrival is a testament to all involved, from British workers across the country, to the Royal Navy and RAF fighter pilots training out in the States. 

"These jets will transform the nature of warfighting and ensure that our world-leading Armed Forces stay ahead of the game, demonstrating our commitment to keep Britain safe in the face of growing threats."

The B is one of three variants of the F-35 - the A is the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, designed to operate from regular runways, while the C is the carrier variant, designed for carrier operations.

one of the second batch of UK’s F-35B Lightning jets to be flown to the UK.
An F-35B jet on its way to the UK. (Picture: MOD)