Defense

April 12, 2013

Royal Navy pilot flies first F-35 sortie

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Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov

U.K. pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Ian Tidball, became the first Royal Navy student-pilot to fly a sortie in the F-35B Lightning II April 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Tidball has flight experience in the British Sea Harrier and the F-18 Super Hornet.

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Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov

A maintainer places chocks onto the rear wheel of a United Kingdom F-35B Lightning II after a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 10. Lt. Cmdr. Ian Tidball, became the first Royal Navy student-pilot to fly the sortie. He touched down after a successful training sortie. Tidball has flight experience in the British Sea Harrier and the F-18 Super Hornet.

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Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov

Lt. Cmdr. Ian Tidball, became the first Royal Navy student-pilot to fly a sortie in the F-35B Lightning II April 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He was assisted by the maintainer plane captain to egress from the cockpit. Tidball’s has flight experience in the British Sea Harrier and the F-18 Super Hornet.




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