First operational UK pilot flies F-35B

Yesterday, the first operational British F-35B pilot started flying the stealthy fifth-generation fighter at Eglin AFB, Florida. Here are some photos of the event courtesy of USAF Maj Karen Roganov at the 33rd Fighter Wing. As you can see, Squadron Leader Frankie Buchler flew his first training sortie in a US Marine Corps aircraft rather than a British one. That’s because while the UK pilots training at Eglin, they are essentially treated like they are part of VMFAT-501, the USMC training unit at the base.

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