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'Big interest' in arrival of F-35 Lightning stealth jets to Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:02 04 June 2018

The F-35 Lightning making a first flypast over its future home at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

The F-35 Lightning making a first flypast over its future home at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

An RAF station is anticipating "a big interest" when Britain's cutting-edge F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets touch down on UK soil.

The UK’s supersonic aircraft could arrive at RAF Marham any time from Tuesday, though the exact date is yet to be confirmed and will depend on a number of factors including the weather.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced last month that the warplanes, manufactured in America, would arrive in the UK in June.

Many locals and plane enthusiasts are also expected to turn out to see the aircraft touch down. Norfolk Police said no road closures are currently planned.

While the station could not put a figure on how many people might attend, a spokesman said: “We’re anticipating there will be a big interest.”

Nicola Billington, 34, of Marham, said: “We’re looking to come out to see the F-35s arrive. I think it’s a great thing.”

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