British to accept first F-35B on July 19

The British will be accepting their first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, aka the Joint Strike Fighter, at the company’s Fort Worth plant on July 19. That will mark the first international delivery of an F-35, Lockheed says.

This is an F-35A test aircraft–AF-6–flying out of Edwards AFB, California, over Owens Lakebed.  As mentioned before, the Brits are buying the short take-off vertical landing B-model. That’s after they flip-flopped from the B-variant to the carrier-based C-model and back again. So the photo isn’t particularly relevant to what the RAF and RN are buying, but it’s a nice shot…

Owensf35.jpgThis is a Lockheed Martin photo…

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