Time runs out for F-35B at Air Tattoo

This Is Wiltshire: Time runs out for F-35B at Air Tattoo Time runs out for F-35B at Air Tattoo

DESPITE everyone’s best endeavours, it has now been decided that the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II will not fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2014 as all of the aircraft currently remain grounded.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said the decision was a great disappointment given the amount of planning that had gone into bringing the aircraft over to RIAT for its international display debut.

He said: “It’s not unusual for there to be delays in the development programme of any new military aircraft, and the Air Tattoo has been working closely with teams from Lockheed Martin, the US Marine Corps, Department of Defence and MoD to ensure the aircraft touched down at RAF Fairford for the Air Tattoo. Unfortunately we’ve simply run out of time.”

An MoD spokesman said "The safety of pilots and aircraft has to be our priority. Of course, it is disappointing that the Lightning II has not arrived in the UK in time for the Air Tattoo but we fully support the decision not to grant clearance for the aircraft to make their first transatlantic flight to the UK until the technical investigations following an engine failure are complete.”

Mr Prince added: “We fully understand and support the decision as safety of pilots and aircraft has to be paramount.

“Fortunately, the F-35B is only one of more than 200 exciting aircraft representing 33 air arms from 27 countries around the globe that will be taking part in RIAT 2014, which begins tomorrow. We are looking forward to staging the UK’s biggest celebrations marking the RAF Red Arrows 50th display season at the world’s largest military airshow.”

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4:16pm Thu 10 Jul 14

messyits says...

Always a great show.
Always a great show. messyits
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8:22pm Thu 10 Jul 14

batch says...

No Vulcan, now no F35. Should have gone to Farnborough :(
No Vulcan, now no F35. Should have gone to Farnborough :( batch
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9:53pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Captain T says...

http://www.airtattoo
.com/news/2014/jul/1
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Great copy and paste job!
http://www.airtattoo .com/news/2014/jul/1 0/time-runs-out-for- f-35b-at-air-tattoo Great copy and paste job! Captain T
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11:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

bristol_bert says...

I can't help but notice that the image accompanying this story on the front page is, in fact, a Lightning. That is, the 1954 English Electric Lightning.

#photoeditorfail
I can't help but notice that the image accompanying this story on the front page is, in fact, a Lightning. That is, the 1954 English Electric Lightning. #photoeditorfail bristol_bert
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12:18am Fri 11 Jul 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

The picture above is a Sentry aircraft 😳 Score -254👎
The picture above is a Sentry aircraft 😳 Score -254👎 Ollie Dognacky
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10:15am Fri 11 Jul 14

Clippies says...

Captain T wrote:
http://www.airtattoo

.com/news/2014/jul/1

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f-35b-at-air-tattoo

Great copy and paste job!
Plagiarism at it's best...at least the numpty who was responsible for the article didn't misquote the RIAT statement!!! Shame that couldn't be said about the picture on the website...(and probably the paper) where they posted a picture of a 60 year old English Electric Lightning rather than a brand new Lockheed Martin F35 B Lightning II
[quote][p][bold]Captain T[/bold] wrote: http://www.airtattoo .com/news/2014/jul/1 0/time-runs-out-for- f-35b-at-air-tattoo Great copy and paste job![/p][/quote]Plagiarism at it's best...at least the numpty who was responsible for the article didn't misquote the RIAT statement!!! Shame that couldn't be said about the picture on the website...(and probably the paper) where they posted a picture of a 60 year old English Electric Lightning rather than a brand new Lockheed Martin F35 B Lightning II Clippies
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