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British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time

British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time 20 October, 2019

British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time.

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deployment.

UK adopted the "Lightning" designation instead of the "Lightning II" used by all other nations.

The campaign that should last eleven weeks will see more than 500 launches and landings. It will allow determining the rules for the safe operation of the aircraft onboard the carrier. Despite its VTOL capability, the F-35B from the carrier group will use the shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) method. This technique is invented by British pilots to allow for landing with a heavier payload than a pure vertical landing.

Interoperability is critical for the British aircraft carrier. The number of Royal Air Force and Royal Navy F-35B fighters is not yet enough to constitute a full Carrier Strike Group. The ship When the Carrier Strike Group becomes fully operational, Queen Elizabeth will be escorted by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon, submarine hunter HMS Northumberland and tanker RFA Tideforce.

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