F-35B Lightning II

HMS Queen Elizabeth hosts Italian F-35s during cross deck exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) welcomed Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters from both the Marina Militare/ Italian Navy and the Aeronautica Militare/ Italian Air Force during a cross deck exercise with Italian Carrier, ITS Cavour, on November 21

Three more F-35Bs delivered to RAF Marham

A further three F-35B Lightning IIs have been delivered to RAF Marham, Norfolk, with the aircraft, ZM156 ‘022’ (c/n 2BK.0022), ZM157 ‘023’ (c/n 2BK.0023) and ZM158 ‘024’ (c/n 2BK0024), arriving at the base on October 28

UKCSG21 performs exercises with Singapore Defence

The UK Carrier Strike Group (UKCSG) led by flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth conducted exercises with both the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Navy over the weekend, and will dock in Changi, Singapore, on October 11

US Navy F/A-18E refuels RAF F-35Bs for the first time

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the RAF’s No 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ have conducted buddy-buddy air-to-air refuelling operations with a US Navy-operated Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet for the first time

F-35 lands on Japanese vessel for first time

A US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter has conducted a landing and take-off verification activity with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer IS Izumo recently in the waters south of Shikoku Island

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UK unaffected by F-35 rebaselining

The production rebaseline of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter programme is not expected to impact the delivery schedule of UK aircraft currently on contract, following the publication in late-September of a revised industrial output by Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin reveals F-35 maintenance picture

Figures from Lockheed Martin have revealed all three variants of the F-35 stealth fighter are ahead of the required mean time between system failure and maintenance hour per flight hour

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Behind-the-scenes on CSG21 with HMS Queen Elizabeth's Commander Air Wing

We caught up with Capt James 'Blackers' Blackmore - the Carrier Air Wing Commander aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) - to uncover more about the carrier's maiden deployment

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CSG21: VMFA-211 F-35Bs conduct cross-deck training with USS America

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the USMC's VMFA-211 'Wake Island Avengers' conducted a first-of-its-kind operation on August 20, when the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters launched from the HMS Queen Elizabeth and landed aboard the USS America, to load ordnance, refuel and strike follow-on objectives

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EXCLUSIVE: HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Commander Air Wing talks from the Philippine Sea

Around three months into its first operational deployment, the UK Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), and the wider Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) have conducted a combined total of 2,700 hours from 32 fixed- and rotary wing aircraft