Two F-35As fly over Greenland

RAF FAIRFORD, England — Lockheed Martin and the US military collectively breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as three F-35As landed in England after the US Air Force’s first transatlantic flight with the A-variant, two years after an engine fire prevented the aircraft from making its international debut at Farnborough Air Show.

The aircraft touched down at Royal Air Force Fairford at approximately 8:00 p.m., about a week before the aircraft’s first UK appearance at Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

The other joint strike fighters slated to make an appearance during RIAT — three F-35Bs, including one jet meant for the UK’s Royal Air Force — made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean the day before.

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