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First RAF F-35B stealth fighter jet lands in UK Fairford RIAT

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taken 29/06/2016 not 30th! An RAF F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter has landed in the UK for the first time after crossing the Atlantic. The aircraft, piloted by Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, was accompanied by two other F-35Bs from the United States Marine Corps. They touched down at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire just before 20:00 BST on Wednesday, watched by aviation enthusiasts waiting outside the base. The supersonic jets were supported by refuelling tankers for the crossing. They will be displayed at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show over the next few weeks. It is the first time an RAF F-35 has made the transatlantic crossing to the UK from the US. Britain’s long-awaited new £70m stealth fighter has finally arrived in the UK for the first time, two years after engine trouble caused it to miss its inaugural visit. A British F-35B jump jet arrived at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, accompanied by two US Marine counterparts after a nine hour transatlantic crossing. Britain has said it will eventually buy a total of 138 of the aircraft, which are described as the most advanced warplanes ever built. F-35 finally makes it to the UK soil On finals into a very wet and miserable Fairford 3 F-35B