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F-35 Lightning aircraft from 617 Squadron set off from RAF Marham on a transatlantic flight to take part in Exercise RED FLAG at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The jets will initially land back at their former home at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina before continuing their journey to Nellis Air Force Base.

A pilot from 617 Squadron boarding an F35B at RAF Marham in the UK, Norfolk, Kings Lynn on 22 Jan 2020. The plane is being prepared for deployment on Exercise RED FLAG.

Exercise RED FLAG is a multi-national combat training exercise which is conducted on the vast bombing ranges of the Nevada Test and Training Area. This will be the first time that the UK’s F-35 Lightnings will have taken part in Exercise RED FLAG which will see them flying alongside a variety of aircraft from other nations to maximise combat readiness, capability and interoperability.

A pilot from 617 Squadron giving the thumbs up from an F35B at RAF Marham in the UK, Norfolk, Kings Lynn on 22 Jan 2020. The plane is being deployed on Exercise RED FLAG.

” This is another first for the Lightning Force and will give the opportunity for our pilots to really put the F-35s to the test in a combat representative environment.  This training is as near to high-end operational flying as our pilots can get in a controlled environment and will really test them and the teams that support the Squadron.”

RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain Beck said:

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