WATCH: RAF pilot performs first UK takeoff of F-35B at sea

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Squadron Leader Jim Schofield performs the first short take-off at sea in 2013 of a F-35B aircraft on-board USS Wasp.

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Dave B Philips
Dave B Philips
5 years ago

The dramatic backround music is the most potent weapon in the video. I found myself saluting my own computer monitor, rather embarrassingly at work…

Jack William Millen
5 years ago

The Royal Air Force, key leaders in…erm…naval aviation…?

Phil Jolly
5 years ago

Slowly but surely F35 takes another step towards FAA & RAF development for the new QE class carriers.

Dave B Philips
Dave B Philips
5 years ago
Reply to  Phil Jolly

I’m pretty sure they took this step 2 and a half years ago. Much more advanced pilot training has taken place since then.

Lindsay Baker
5 years ago

Should have been a RN pilot

Bob Heyward
Bob Heyward
5 years ago

Superb to sea the Sea Lightning being deployed in its home environment – even if it is by a crab!

Mark McKendrick
Mark McKendrick
5 years ago

RN pilots have since flown F35. The video is almost three years old.

Phil Jolly
4 years ago

The future of Royal Navy & RAF projection of naval air power of the Royal Navy is a coming

Joao Andre MArtins Dias

Diogo Furlan and Argentina want´s Malvinas back..kkk

Phil Jolly
4 years ago

The Falklands are British the population of the Falklands want to remain British.The United Kingdom are the 3rd most powerful military power in the world & nuclear power and will defend the interests of our people across the globe.

Joao Andre MArtins Dias

Phil Jolly i will tell you a joke about the Argentine pride that I really like a lot, sorry by my poor english. Argentines say they will not invade the UK to retake the Falklands because there is not enough room in Argentine for prisoners of war.

Diogo Furlan
4 years ago

Angentina are fools

David Morris
4 years ago

It’s all coming together

Brian Mooney
4 years ago

Like it

Andy Lawton
4 years ago

Fancy giving this one a go Bruce Flavel?

Bruce Flavel
4 years ago
Reply to  Andy Lawton

Looks great, they seem to like it a lot more than the Harrier.

Andy Lawton
4 years ago
Reply to  Andy Lawton

Yeah surprised at that I loved the harrier. The falklands an all that!

Darren Harris
4 years ago

Proud times ahead for the RN & RAF

Baz Stammers
4 years ago

Look forward to seeing the F35B and HMS Queen Elizabeth myself?

Paul Cummings
Paul Cummings
4 years ago

That’s an old video from DT-II (August 2013)!!!!

Damian Halpin
4 years ago

I can’t wait to see these planes active on our new carriers. Makes you proud. I still think our defence budget should be bigger.

Fire Your Doctor
4 years ago

I can’t wait to see the New Carriers and F35B in place and operational it’s what the UK needs right now ! :-)…and we have new Patrol aircraft and frigates too….I want to re enlist already.