F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet will finally make its debut appearance in the UK this summer.
Crowds of plane enthusiasts are expected to turn up to see the F-35 when it appears at displays in July.
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The new stealth fighter is being developed by countries including America and Britain, and is lauded as the world’s most advanced combat jet ever created.
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F-35A: $98M (low rate initial production and not including the engine, full production in 2018 to be $85M)
The United States Marines have confirmed they intend to fly two of the new Lockheed Martin planes to the UK for their first ever appearance. They are expected to appear at both the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire.
Four F-35s are currently being used for training and testing in the US.
US sources said another American stealth fighter, the F-22 could also make an appearance at UK shows this summer.
This appearance will come two years after UK F-35 displays were cancelled when the whole fleet was grounded in the USA by an engine fire.
Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said their appearance would be “a significant milestone”.
Britain has said it will have 48 of the jump jet F-35Bs by 2023 and will eventually go on to buy a fleet of 138.
Britain’s first F-35s should be combat ready by 2018.
The £70 million each combat jets will be called the Lightning II in the UK and be flown by the RAF and Royal Navy.
Lt Gen Jon Davis Deputy, US Marines commandant for aviation, said: “The US Marine Corps is looking forward to demonstrating the capabilities of the F-35B Lightning II in the skies over the United Kingdom this July,”
He said a joint US Marine Corps and UK detachment would use the flights to work more closely together. British and American crews have worked side by side to develop the fighters and US jets will also fly from the Navy’s new aircraft carriers.
The F-35 program ran into technical problems and cost overruns for years, but officials say it has improved and that costs have fallen for the past five years.
Besides Britain, seven other countries helped fund development of the jets: Norway, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Turkey, Italy and the Netherlands. All but Canada and Denmark have since ordered jets, as have Israel, Japan and South Korea.