U.K. Enthusiasts On F-35 #davewatch

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The U.K.’s aviation enthusiast community is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first F-35s at RAF Fairford in the U.K.

Military aviation and aircraft photography has a huge following in the U.K. and there are very few aircraft that manage to escape the camera lens these days, especially if it’s a sunny day.

But with the apparent delay for the aircraft setting off from the U.S. East Coast, a handful of enthusiasts have taken to social media looking for any information, and the hashtag #davewatch has been adopted.

Why #davewatch? Well, Dave –- as in short for David -– has become something of an unofficial nickname for the F-35 in the U.K.

It was prompted by a 2006 topic thread on the well-known aviation forum PPRuNe. While there were variety of names suggested, including some that were rather distasteful, the name Dave just seemed to stick, perhaps alluding to the fact that David/Dave is a common name in the U.K. and that the aircraft is likely to be a common sight in the coming years.

Either way, enthusiasts are keen to catch a first glimpse of the aircraft, which is set to become the backbone of the RAF and the Royal Navy by the end of the decade.

Here are some of our favorite #davewatch tweets from today.

 

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