23 Feb '15, 11am

£300m investment in home of Fleet Air Arm’s new jets #F35 Lightning II

Work is ongoing to improve community facilities at Marham, which is currently home to RAF Tornados, and a small team of RN trailblazers – including meteorologists – is already at the base as part of the long-term preparations for operating the new strike fighters. Considerable improvements and new infrastructure is required for the F-35s, which are one generation more advanced than the jets they replace. Among the enhancements, three heat-resistant landing pads are being built to allow the F-35B to land vertically. Announcing the £300m investment, Prime Minister David Cameron said the work would begin later this year and create 1,700 jobs. The F-35B – the jump jet variant of the Anglo-American built aircraft – is currently undergoing extensive testing in the USA, where as well as pilots training to operate it, RN and RAF ground engineers and technicians are learning how to...

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