WATCH: F-35B First Transatlantic Flight – Aerial Refuelling


Video of three F-35Bs aircraft making the types first transatlantic flight.

Three F-35’s flew from MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida and landed at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK. They were assisted by Air Force KC-10 tankers and refuelled 15 times over the Atlantic.

Three British and American F-35 combat aircraft have landed in the UK following a successful Trans-Atlantic crossing.

The US Marine Corps had revealed plans last year regarding sending a pair of F-35B’s to two air shows in Britain this summer, it is understood that this is in addition to one British aircraft.

The British and American aircraft are in the UK for two major airshows.

Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Jon Davis 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.”

It is understood that the joint US Marine Corps and UK detachment will “utilise the flights in order to validate foreign deployment activities and to prove program interoperability.”

The aircraft touched down at RAF Fairford, one British and two American jets, along with their tanker and support aircraft.


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Roger Hobbs

Correction to my last – heading for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in due course!

Barry Wootten

I like the fact that one of the pilots has the Union Flag on his dash board during that ?????

Daz Ryan

Absolutely amazing aircraft and a great video

Andy Berry

Perhaps I’m biased, but the British plane looked much better 😉

Gerry Boseley

Amazingly beautiful

Darren McRitchie

Very nice ???

Craig Cartlidge

Go and buy 30of them bitches

Tony Wyatt

Can’t wait to see these on the 16 July, anyone know if they will be static too?


There not real, they had to make some f16 look like them by sticking panels on to fuselage because the real things don’t