After embarrassingly missing out on its planned debut in UK skies at the naming ceremony of the carrier that will house it, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II will finally be coming to Britain in 2016. The aircraft was forced to miss out on the ceremony in 2014 due to restrictions placed on the type following an F-35A suffering an engine fire in-flight.
As many as five aircraft including a British example of the F-35B V/STOL variant will be demonstrated at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough International Airshow this summer. Two aircraft will be from the US Air Force while another two will come from the United States Marine Corps.
Defence secretary Michael Fallon told FlightGlobal
The plan for F-35 aircraft to take part in air shows here in the UK this summer is a significant milestone – for our Royal Air Force and Royal Navy personnel training hard to fly the F-35; for British industry who are contributing an impressive 15% of every aircraft; and for the British public who will have their first opportunity to see this remarkable aircraft in action.