"A quantum leap in the UK’s ability to project airpower worldwide"
Some of the most powerful military aircraft in the world have been wowing crowds at the Royal International Air Tattoo, at RAF Fairford.
Planes displaying their speed included the F-35B Lightning II, the most advanced aircraft ever built for the UK.
Air Commodore Harvey Smith, the UK Lightning Force Commander, said:
''[The F-35 is] a quantum leap in the UK’s ability to project airpower worldwide. When integrated with our Typhoon fleet and the combat aircraft of our allies, the F-35B will ensure we remain at the forefront of western airpower for decades to come''
The F-35B II Lighting jets arrived in the UK last month and will take centre stage at a number of air shows this summer, moving to the Farnborough International Air show this weekend.
Also part of the display action were the US Air force F-22A Raptor, the Eurofighter Typhoon and French fighter aircraft the Dassault Rafale.
Pilots demonstrated spectacular flying skills whilst competing against one another for the coveted flying display awards. Away from air shows they frequently train together on allied exercises.