RAF FAIRFORD, ENGLAND—US Air Forces in Europe boss Gen. Tod Wolters said the US relationship with the United Kingdom is already “incredibly strong,” but it will only get stronger as the two nations work together to bring the F-35 online. RAF Marham accepted delivery of its first four F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variants last month, and Wolters said having the fifth generation fighters in theater has already been “tremendously” helpful. Marham is located less than 20 nautical miles from RAF Lakenheath, where the USAF will begin bedding down its own F-35As in 2021. Wolters said in the near future USAF F-35A pilots will fly a simulator at RAF Lakenheath, while RAF F-35B pilots fly a sim at Marham, with both pilots talking to each other throughout the training.
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A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., MQ-9B SkyGuardian completed the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight for a medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft as it landed here for the Royal International Air Tattoo on July 11. “We knew we wanted to do something that really showed the strong relationship with our RAF customer in commemoration of the [Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary],” Rob Walker, GA-ASI senior director of strategic development, told Air Force Magazine. “RIAT really is a show that celebrates RAF, so it rapidly became a no-brainer to select.”
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