Three more F-35B aircraft have been delivered to the UK, bringing the fleet to 24 aircraft.
The aircraft flown from Texas to RAF Marham by 207 Squadron and assisted in crossing the Atlantic by a Voyager tanker.
— BAE Systems Air (@BAESystemsAir) October 29, 2021
Six more jets will arrive in 2022 and seven more will arrive in 2023 with an expectation that all of the 48 in the first batch will be delivered by the end of 2025.
Since the delivery of the first jet in 2012, the United Kingdom F-35 programme has expanded tremendously.
Recently, the UK fleet reached a new milestone, when it crossed the threshold of 10,000 flight hours. This milestone has been nearly 10 years in the making.
In 2012, the first F-35B was delivered to the UK. Currently 24 of the planned first batch of 48 aircraft designated for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy are operating as three squadrons in two locations: the 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron and 207 Operational Conversion Unit Squadron at Royal Air Force Marham and the 17R Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Here’s a look back at some of the programme’s most significant milestones over the years.