207 Back in the UK

UK Lightning in focus

The UK’s latest Lockheed Martin F-35B unit returned to RAF Marham on July 16. No 207 Squadron is the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) and Jamie Hunter was there for the arrival.

The patch worn by the crew of No 207 Squadron, complete with the motto Semper paratus, ‘Always prepared’. The unit was formally stood up on August 1 and the first F-35 pilot course at Marham will commence in early September. Reflecting the joint nature of the Lightning Force, RAF (left) and Royal Navy maintainers await the pilot of ZM149 to dismount his jet after the flight from MCAS Beaufort.
All photos Jamie Hunter

Having made the eight-hour transatlantic crossing from MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, six F-35Bs arrived in the overhead at RAF Marham at dusk on the evening of July 16 in sharp four-ship and pairs formations. This was the third wave of British F-35s to touch down on UK soil in order to begin sovereign operations, with 15 jets now at the Norfolk base out of a total of 18 that have been handed over to date.

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