A year after their arrival to home shores, Britain’s Lockheed Martin F-35 operations are gathering pace. The nine-strong fleet, joined by an additional six aircraft on July 16, were declared operational in January, then deployed overseas and performed their first operational missions over Syria. The flights over Syria were the culmination of Exercise Lightning Dawn, which saw six of the B-model short-takeoff-and-landing versions of the F-35 sent to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, proving the ...

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