F-35B Ops onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth

By Defense News

This video was published on October 17, 2018.

F-35B Best Takeoff and Landing On Board HMS Queen Elizabeth F-35Bs land and take off from the flight deck of the Royal Navy’s new flagship for the first time

For the first time in eight years, fast jets have been in operation from a British aircraft carrier as tests begin of F-35 Lightning IIs from HMS Queen Elizabeth. Tests will take 11 weeks, during which time more than 500 takeoffs and landings are scheduled to take place.

The jets taking part in the trials are not part of the permanent complement of aircraft that will be stationed on the carrier. These have now started to arrive in the UK, to their land base at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

The first F-35Bs to land on the carrier were piloted by Royal Navy Commander Nathan Grey and RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, Recently, A Royal Navy F-35 fighter jet has conducted the first “rolling” landing on board its newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The new method of landing differs from the aircraft’s usual vertical descent and means the planes can land with a heavier load.

BAE Systems test pilot Peter Wilson flew the manoeuvre more than 2,000 times in a simulator before carrying it out on the ship for the first time.