State-of-the-art supersonic F35B jet fighter is set to take off from £3.1bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in UK for first time
- F35B Lightning jet had previously completed flight trials in the east of the USA
- It returned last week to Portsmouth Naval base for repair and maintenance work
- However, the jet is expected to be flown back to RAF Marham in the near feature
A supersonic jet fighter is expected to take off from the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time in the UK.
The F35B Lightning jet was brought back aboard the aircraft carrier after it had completed flight trials in the US.
It has been spotted on the flight deck of the 65,000 tonne warship at Portsmouth Naval Base where it returned last week following deployment to the eastern United States.
The aircraft was kept on board the carrier because ‘repair and maintenance’ work need to be carried out.
The F35B Lightning jet is expected to take off from the HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time in the UK
However, the stealth jet is expected to be flown back to RAF Marham – the UK’s F35 base in Norfolk – in the near future.
A Navy spokeswoman said: ‘Following completion of successful flying trials in the US, one F-35 Lightning remained embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth in order for repair & maintenance work to be completed.
‘The aircraft will return to RAF Marham in the near future.’
The F35B fighter jet is acclaimed as the world’s most advanced jet, has a top speed of 1.6 Mach – 1,200mph – and a range of 900 nautical miles.
A RAF F35B jet sits on the flight deck of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at Portsmouth Naval Base
F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering onboard Britain’s next generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time
They were deployed for the first time by the UK in reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria in the battle against so-called Islamic State in June this year.
successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets, where forces conducted 500 take offs and landings over their 11-week period at sea
The Queen Elizabeth arrived at its home base of Portsmouth last week where it docked alongside its sister ships HMS Prince of Wales.
The HMS Prince of Wales was officially commissioned into the Navy on Tuesday by the Duchess of Cornwall, who was accompanied by the Prince of Wales.
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