How to land an F-35 fighter plane
20 July 2012 Last updated at 06:31 BST
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.