Fighter jet takes off from carrier for first time
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F35 takes off from HMS Queen Elizabeth for first time in UK

A fighter jet has taken off from aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time while in the UK.

The state-of-the-art aircraft launched from the Royal Navy's 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier at its home base in Portsmouth.

The F35 has been acclaimed as one of the world's most advanced jets, with a top speed of Mach 1.6 (1,200mph; 1,975km/h).

The roar of the Lightning's engines could be heard as it launched from the "ski ramp" on the flight deck of the carrier.

  • 16 Dec 2019
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