CONTENT PREVIEW
Air Platforms

UK Royal Navy F-35s to be flown by Immortal pilots

09 September 2013
809 Naval Air Squadron will be the first Royal Navy unit to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the UK MoD has announced. The UK's first IOT&E F-35B is pictured. Source: Lockheed Martin

On 9 September the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed that 809 Naval Air Squadron will be the first UK Royal Navy unit to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

809 Naval Air Squadron, whose motto is 'Immortal', was founded during the Second World War and was last disbanded in 1982. The squadron is thus being reconstituted to operate the F-35B.

Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord, stated: "I am delighted to announce that the name of the second Lightning II squadron, when it forms, will be 809 Naval Air Squadron." The professional head of the Royal Navy added: "This squadron number is chosen to link with and reflect the proud and distinguished history of embarked carrier strike, from the Second World War to the Falklands."



(132 of 248 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Cyber Technology CyBird

    Type Recoverable aerial target. Development Designed as a reusable platform for a variety of payloads. Typical applications include R & D of payloads for target tracking, fire control systems, and radar or EW range trials. The most recent version appears to be the Cybird VX. Description

  • Dirgantara Gandiwa

    Type Attack helicopter. Programme Project revealed early 2012, but no further reports by mid-2014, and no mention on company website, thus status uncertain. (Name specifically refers to Gandiva, the bow of Hindu deity Arjuna [Rajuna].) Design Features Based on Bell 412. Slimmed fuselage;

  • IAMI (HESA) Ir.An-140 Faraz

    Type Twin-turboprop airliner. Programme Licence-built Antonov An-140. Selected by Iran in 1995, against competition from 12 other contenders; initial agreement leading to Iranian manufacture signed February 1996; first stage is assembly from imported KhGAPP CKD kits (first two kits received by

  • Meggitt Voodoo

    Type Recoverable aerial target. Development Designed to utilise proven aerospace/motor sport manufacturing techniques to provide high performance at low cost. Public debut at Paris Air Show, June 2001, following maiden flight early that year and further testing in desert conditions. Description

  • SAIRC Shahed 278

    Type Light utility single-engine helicopter. Programme Locally redesigned Bell 206 JetRanger. Three prototypes, first of which made maiden flight late 1997 or early 1998; most-flown prototype had accumulated 200 hours by March 2001. Public debut at Iran International air show in October/November

ADVERTISEMENT

Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.
ADVERTISEMENT