Robert Johnson toured the BAE facility in Samlesbury, Lancashire where the aft fuselage of every F-35 is produced.
His visit coincided with the delivery of the 500th aft fuselage from the facility and he met with employees producing the aft fuselage, horizontal and vertical tails of the jet, say BAE.
The company said in a news release:
“Across its global enterprise, we deliver up to 15% of every F-35 built and has a vital role in the ongoing development and sustainment of the aircraft for customers across the globe.”
Ambassador Johnson said:
“Lancashire has a very proud history manufacturing planes for the British military and it is fantastic to see that tradition continuing strong to this day. The highly skilled workers at the BAE Systems facility in Samlesbury are now helping to produce the most sophisticated fighter jet the world has ever seen: the F-35.
Combining incredible stealth with supersonic speed, the F-35 is a game changer which will play a vital role in America and Britain’s collective defense for decades to come. The programme is led by prime contractor, US firm Lockheed Martin, with BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman making up its principal industry partners.”