American fighter jets arrive at RAF Lakenheath for training

Some of the US Air Force's most advanced fighter jets have arrived at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. They are part of a training mission with the RAF and other NATO forces.

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Six American fighter jets arrive at RAF Lakenheath for training

RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six F35-A Lightning II fighter jets are now stationed at RAF Lakenheath for the next few weeks.

USAF has sent its supersonic stealth fighters all the way from Utah to Suffolk - they'll be deployed from here on European training missions.

They are the world's most advanced warplanes. They are capable of speeds of more than 1200 mph and each one is worth £100 million.

Six jets will be based at Lakenheath Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Honoured to welcome F-35A to UK for first time. F-35 deployment will not only influence how we operate here at Lakenheath but also how our nations operate together".

– Commander of 48th FW Colonel Evan Pettus
A briefing on the arrival of the jets. Credit: ITV News Anglia

USAF Gen. Tod Wolters describes F-35 as a 'game changer' with 'unmatched lethality, survivability and interoperability'.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy.

US fighter jets begin training at RAF Lakenheath

F-35A aircraft at RAF Lakenheath Credit: 48th Fighter Wing

Some of the US Air Force's most advanced fighter jets have landed at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

The F-35A aircraft arrived from Utah as part of a training mission with the RAF and other NATO forces.

If all goes to plan, two squadrons will be based here from 2021.

“This is an incredible opportunity for USAFE Airmen and our NATO allies to host this first overseas training deployment of the F-35A aircraft,” said Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

“As we and our joint F-35 partners bring this aircraft into our inventories, it’s important that we train together to integrate into a seamless team capable of defending the sovereignty of allied nations."

F-35A aircraft at RAF Lakenheath Credit: 48th Fighter Wing

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