UK, Marine Corps F-35s Begin Operations From HMS Queen ElizabethTony Osborne
British and U.S. Marine Corps Lockheed Martin F-35s have embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the UK’s two new 65,000-ton aircraft carriers. The 14 aircraft gathered on the ship’s flight deck on Sept. 22 is the largest embarkation at sea of the stealthy fifth-generation fighter yet, and marks the beginning of regular deployments by the Marine Corps on UK carriers. A 15th F-35 arrived on Sept. 24. British officials are hoping that images like these (photographed by Royal Navy and U.S. Marine Corps photographers) will finally put to bed the oft-uttered notion that the Queen Elizabeth-class ships are carriers without aircraft.