F-35B Lightning

Image Courtesy of Stewart Jack.

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The first F-35B Lightning aircraft arrived at RAF Marham in Norfolk late evening 6th June 2018. The four aircraft of the newly formed 617 Dambuster's Squadron arrived at Marham welcomed by senior members of the RAF and RN and the national and local media.

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Exercise Lightning Dawn 2019

On 21st May 2019 six F-35B Lightning aircraft of 617 Squadron departed RAF Marham for the type's first overseas deployment at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, the aircraft were refueled several times by RAF Voyager tankers from RAF Brize Norton.

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207 Squadron arrive at RAF Marham

The first six F-35B aircraft of 207 squadron arrived at Marham on the 16th July 2019, this is the second squadron of F-35B aircraft to be based at Marham.

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617 Squadron depart 9th October 2019

Wednesday 9th October saw three F-35B Lightning aitcraft of 617 Squadron depart from RAF Marham for the Lightning Force’s first westbound Atlantic crossing.

Their initial destination was Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, in preparation for embarkation onboard the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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F-35B Lightning aircraft join HMS Queen Elizabeth

Sunday 13th October 2019 F-35B Lightning aircraft of 17 and 617 Squadron land on the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.

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F-35B Special Events

The F-35B Lightning with the Hawk and Tornado.

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The F-35B Lightning with the Lancaster and Tornado, all three types operated by 617 Squadron.

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The F-35B Lightnings with USAF B2 Spirit. F-35B Lightning

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207 Squadron stands up at RAF Marham

On the 1st August 2019 207 Squadron stood up at RAF Marham, this is the second Squadron to be formed with the F-35B Lightning.

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Image Courtesy Matt Smart

Top Gear Comes to RAF Marham.

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A F-35B Aircraft leaves HMS Queen Elizabeth

Monday 16th December 2019 a F-35B Lightning became the first aircraft to take off from HMS Queen Elizabeth in British Waters, the Carrier anchored in Portmouth Harbour has recently returned from Sea trials with the aircraft.

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Images Courtesy of Tim Liu.