Anglo-American airpower: transatlantic hybrid


F-35B Lightning II ZM148 (c/n BK-14) on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina on December 14, 2017. The aircraft, the final one to be delivered to the UK contingent at Beaufort, is shown after it’s delivery flight from Lockheed Martin’s plant at Fort Worth.
Corporal Benjamin McDonald/US Marine Corps

“YOU INVENTED the airplane. We invented the air force”, Air Vice Marshal Gavin Parker, Chief of the British Defence staff in Washington, told an American audience there on April 15, 2018 as part of the RAF’s centennial celebrations. Few countries are home to celebrations to commemorate foreign armed forces. That there was one in Washington DC shows the continued importance of the Anglo-American airpower relationship.

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