World first as F-35A jets land on road

Footage has been released of two F-35A Lightning II stealth jets landing and taking off from a public road as part of a NATO exercise.

On September 21 a pair of F-35A Lightning IIs from the Royal Norwegian Air Force landed on a public highway in Finland. They were joined by an RAF Typhoon, which also touched down and took off from the same stretch of road in a first for the RAF fighter jet.

The exercise was part of a demonstration of rapid deployment in Finland, which became a member of NATO earlier this year.

"This is a milestone. Not only for the Norwegian Air Force, but also for the Nordic countries, and for NATO. This demonstrates our ability to execute a concept of dispersal", said Major General Rolf Folland, Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

A Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35A landing on a highway in Finland for the first time
A Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35A landing on a highway in Finland for the first time Ole Andreas Vekve, ​Norwegian Armed Forces

"So, by being able to use small airfields – and now motorways – increases our survivability in war. In addition, this is also a demonstration of the exciting development we have initiated within the military-air cooperation in the Nordic region," Folland added.

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