F35 Joint Strike Fighter
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How to land an F-35 fighter plane

The UK has been handed its first Joint Strike Fighter jet, also known as the F-35, for use by the RAF and Royal Navy.

Although the aircraft is not intended for use until 2018, British pilots have already been test-flying the new fighter - codenamed the Lightning II - at Patuxent River Naval base in Maryland.

The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale spoke to one of the pilots involved in the programme, Peter Wilson of BAE Systems.

  • 20 Jul 2012
  • From the section UK
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