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.

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