A US MV-22B Osprey lands HMS Queen Elizabeth
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US Marines Osprey Lands On HMS Queen Elizabeth

Over the course of Queen Elizabeth’s 11-week voyage, more than 500 takeoffs and landings have been planned.

A US MV-22B Osprey lands HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the coast of the United States participating in flight trials (Picture: Twitter/HMS Queen Elizabeth).

An MV-22B Osprey has landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth for a "flying visit".

The US aircraft is designed to take off vertically but can fly faster than some helicopters.

Its speed and ability to land without a runway means it is favoured by US authorities for transporting marines.

In the past few weeks F-35B aircraft have conducted night flying trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time and conducted the first F-35B landings and takeoffs from its deck using American aircraft flown by British pilots.

Over the course of the Queen Elizabeth’s 11-week voyage, more than 500 takeoffs and landings will take place.

Once fully operational HMS Queen Elizabeth will be home to a squadron of F-35B fighter jets.

British jets will land on deck when HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to the UK.

The future flagship vessel of the Royal Navy left Portsmouth in August to begin flight trials in the US.

The UK's F-35B aircraft arrived at their Marham home for the first time earlier this year, with a further five arriving in August.

Britain now has 16 of a planned 138 F-35B jets.

Other airborne guests on the ship include two pigeon chicks which were found motherless and chirruping for help when HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail.