American F-35 jets set to fly from RAF Lakenheath

An American F-35 takes off from the Queen Elizabeth during the exercise in the North Sea Picture: H

An American F-35 squadron is set to fly from RAF Lakenheath in similar aircraft to the ne pictured taking of from the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth - Credit: HMS Queen Elizabeth/MOD

An American stealth fighter squadron is set to fly from RAF Lakenheath.

The first of 27 F-35A aircraft - the US Air Force variant of the RAF's Lightning jet - will arrive n Suffolk later this year.

It will form part pf the newly re-formed 495th Fighter Squadron, nicknamed  the Valkyries.

The USAF said Lakenheath had been selected to host the first U.S. F-35A squadrons in Europe because of its close ties with the Royal Air Force, whose Lightning aircraft are based at RAF Marham.

Lt Col Ian D McLaughlin, commanding officer of the 495th, said: "There has been a great deal of work done to get us this far, but there’s a lot more that needs to be done prior to getting jets this winter. The 495th has a proud history and we’re excited to start building the foundation for first USAF F-35As stationed in Europe.”

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The new F-35 squadron will consist of 27 aircraft and roughly 60 personnel.

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