THE fighter jet due to be used by the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers will make its debut at an airshow this year.
The F-35 Lightning II will be on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford and in the same month will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show.
It will be the first time the combat aircraft has flown outside of the United States of America.
The selection of two UK airshows demonstrates the significant role that Britain has in the programme, according to organisers.
The UK’s first operational Lightning II squadron, 617 Squadron, is scheduled to transition to RAF Marham in Norfolk from the US in 2018 ahead of flight trials of the Portsmouth-based Queen Elizabeth-Class carrier later that year.