First UK fighter jets land onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth

Pictures released by the MOD show UK F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering onboard Britain’s next generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.

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Flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots, the Lightning jets are embarking in the 65,000 tonne carrier to conduct operational trials off the East Coast of the USA.

This follows successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets, where forces conducted 500 take offs and landings over their 11-week period at sea.

These trials are aimed at ‘end-to-end’ testing of the aircraft and personnel to ensure the aircraft are compatible with the carrier. The tests involve mission planning, arming the aircraft using the ship’s Highly Automated Weapon Handling System, flying missions and debriefing on completion.

The landings on HMS Queen Elizabeth are part of the ‘WESTLANT 19’ Carrier Strike Group deployment. Once fully operational, UK Carrier Strike Group will be a formidable force around the world, using a number of platforms to work alongside our allies.

During this time, the aircraft carrier will be escorted by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon, submarine hunter HMS Northumberland, tanker RFA Tideforce and Merlins from 814, 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons, Wildcats from 815 squadron and Royal Marines from Lima Company, 42 Commando.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

This is another step towards the UK’s carrier strike capability becoming fully operational.
The bringing together of the UK Lightnings on the first in class HMS Queen Elizabeth paves the way for the world’s most up to date, fully integrated carrier force.
The Lightning aircraft operates with a cutting-edge design. It is the first jet to combine radar evading stealth technology with supersonic speed, as well as the ability to land vertically. Given its ability to conduct missions both from land and sea, the jets act as a formidable spine to the ‘carrier strike’ capability. The UK currently owns 18 aircraft, with an additional order placed for 30 jets.

First to land onboard, Wing Commander Adam Curd, Royal Air Force, said:

This is the first time I have landed onboard an aircraft carrier – for it to be HMS Queen Elizabeth, and in an aircraft as amazing as a UK Lightning, is quite something.
This is a proud moment not only for me, but the wider team that has brought us to this milestone for maritime aviation and UK Defence.
The trials will be led by the joint Royal Navy - Royal Air Force 17 Test and Evaluation Squadron from the Air Warfare Centre. The Squadron will be operating alongside personnel and aircraft from the UK Lightning Force, based out of RAF Marham.
 
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JJWRacing

Swinger
Its not hard, you have been doing this for years on other aircraft carriers, surely a quick test and your a goer, or am I being naive
 
Its not hard, you have been doing this for years on other aircraft carriers, surely a quick test and your a goer, or am I being naive
You're being naive.

Different aircraft types on different ships have mostly been involved previously. UK F-35Bs will differ to US variants in specific areas and the UK has entirely different safety and other regulatory standards, mostly due to the Haddon-Cave report following the loss of the Nimrod over Afghanistan.

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MM
 

Yokel

LE
Its not hard, you have been doing this for years on other aircraft carriers, surely a quick test and your a goer, or am I being naive
SDSR 10?
Other carriers?
Not hard? Are you David Cameron?

The reason it is hard is that you need to do it day in, day out. We have not. We also do not know what types of sorties are planned - I imagine that there will be some ai to air exercises with the jets being controlled from the Type 45 HMS Dragon.

This is as much about people as it is technology.
 

ches

LE
His post surely a WAH. The recent ITV prog on the upskilling of the blokes over in the US prior to this show how feckin hard & complex this sort of thing is.
 
Pictures released by the MOD show UK F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering onboard Britain’s next generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.

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Published by: RAF NEWS, on 14 October 2019.

First UK F-35 Lightning Jets land on HMS Queen Elizabeth

UK F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering onboard Britain’s next-generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.

Flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots, the F-35 Lightning jets are embarking in the 65,000-tonne carrier to conduct operational trials off the East Coast of the USA.

This follows successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets, where forces conducted 500 takeoffs and landings over their 11-week period at sea.

These trials are aimed at ‘end-to-end’ testing of the aircraft and personnel to ensure the aircraft are compatible with the carrier. The tests involve mission planning, arming the aircraft using the ship’s Highly Automated Weapon Handling System, flying missions and debriefing on completion.

The landings on HMS Queen Elizabeth are part of the ‘WESTLANT 19’ Carrier Strike Group deployment. Once fully operational, the UK Carrier Strike Group will be a formidable force around the world, using a number of platforms to work alongside our allies.

During this time, the aircraft carrier will be escorted by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon, submarine hunter HMS Northumberland, tanker RFA Tideforce and Merlins from 814, 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons, Wildcats from 815 Squadron and Royal Marines from Lima Company, 42 Commando.

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