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First exercise for the RAF’s F-35 Lightning

Two Royal Air Force F35 aircraft from 617 Squadron, RAF Marham, are seen here refuelling from a Royal Air Force Voyager aircraft. – photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©.

Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning jets have passed another significant milestone by conducting their first exercise with UK-based American F-15s and French Air Force Rafales, over the skies of East Anglia and the North Sea. This was reported by the (UK) Ministry of Defence on 28 November.

The 617 Squadron jets joined over 40 other aircraft from the RAF, the United States Air Force and the French Air Force on Exercise Point Blank. This exercise was a first both for the F35s and the French Air Force and gave an opportunity for the three air forces to work together in a peer-to-peer scenario.