F-35s Take Off For Atlantic Crossing
Two years after an engine fire at Eglin AFB, Florida, caused the F-35 to miss its planned international debut in the U.K., U.S. Marine Corps and U.K. versions are at last on their way across the Atlantic Ocean for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and Farnborough International Airshow. The F-35’s appearance in the U.K. has been widely anticipated, and the jets are expected to demonstrate heritage flights, vertical landings and in-air refueling. The pilots and maintainers from the Marines' 501st Fighter Attack Training Sqdn., who had planned to begin their journey June 27, were delayed by about 48 hr. due to serviceability issues with the USAF KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. But the F-35Bs finally took off early on June 29.