F-35s Train With Allies During UK VisitTony Osborne May 02, 2017
The first deployment of the F-35 to the UK has stirred up huge interest from enthusiasts in the nation. During each day of the deployment to RAF Lakenheath, hundreds have turned out near the perimeter fence to catch a glimpse of the fighters that will become an everyday part of the base from late 2021. The Royal Air Force has not said how long the deployment will last, but the eight aircraft have been busy flying 6-8 sorties a day since April 19. Pairs of F-35s have also made day trips to Estonia’s Amari AB and Bulgaria’s Graf Ignatievo AB. On April 28, Aviation Week joined a small group of photographers to witness the morning launch of six aircraft, including the two that flew to Bulgaria.