which US bases are the UK F-35Bs at?

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which US bases are the UK F-35Bs at?

Post by VulcanDriver » 27 Apr 2018, 08:23

Are all the UK pilots training at PAX or are the RAF pilots at an USAF base?

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Re: which US bases are the UK F-35Bs at?

Post by John Young » 27 Apr 2018, 09:34

8 F-35B's of the UK contingent were at MCAS Beaufort with 3 further aircraft at Edwards, as at November 2017, when I embarked on the F-35 project. Re-location of some of the aircraft to RAF Marham is due this summer I believe.

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Post by Firebird » 27 Apr 2018, 10:19

JY is completely accurate.
17(R) sqn is at Edwards. All the other aircraft, 12 currently, are at Beaufort. 617 sqn is now officially formed and will depart for Marham with 9 aircraft this summer.

So by my reckoning this means that there are 3 others currently in service. Now initially at least 1 aircraft was assigned to VMFAT-501 for training purposes. My guess would be that the other 2 are as well, and those three plus the two others currently being built will form the basis of 207(R) next summer.
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Post by VulcanDriver » 27 Apr 2018, 16:37

So does this mean there's no UK aircraft at KNHK now?
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Post by Firebird » 27 Apr 2018, 17:45

That is correct, at least as far as a permanent base.
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Post by VulcanDriver » 27 Apr 2018, 20:35

Thanks Steve I'll move them to the bases already mentioned. Will RN and RAF share the same base in the UK?
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Post by Firebird » 28 Apr 2018, 08:04

Yep, 617 followed by 207(R) and 809 Sqn will all be based at Marham, as will the 3rd Sqn (as yet to be named but there is a glaring hole at 15 with the current numbering policy)
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Post by VulcanDriver » 28 Apr 2018, 15:35

Yes I read today that Marham is the F-35 service base for all UK aircraft but the engines will be sent to Turkey for maintenance!
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