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Tgunner29 Sep 2018 4:06 a.m. PST

I guess the RN is officially back in the fix-winged carrier business with the first landing of a RN piloted F-35B on the Queen Elizabeth.

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"Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray, 41, made history on Sept. 25 by flying from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland to the carrier, landing, and then taking off using the ship's ski-ramp. (All news and media about the flight was embargoed until this evening by the British.)"

The Patuxent River NAS?!?!?!?!?! That's just down the street from me. Pretty awesome!!

One thing that this article brings up that I was unaware of: that the RN has been operating aircraft off US and NATO carriers since the last two British carriers were decommissioned. That was a pretty clever move because I wondered how the RN was going to get trained flight crews and flight ops sailors. I guess the RN had them all along.

Has anyone seen the Elizabeth on this side of the pond? She must be fairly close the US to be picking up birds from Patuxent.

David Manley29 Sep 2018 4:41 a.m. PST

She was in Mayport a few weeks ago, Norfolk last week.

Lion in the Stars29 Sep 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

Huzzah!!!

Very glad the USN loaned space for RN types, though I feel sorry for the RN Sailors stuck on dry USN ships evil grin . Naval Aviation is dangerous enough when you do it all the time, re-learning how is a recipe for lots of fatalities.

Thresher0130 Sep 2018 1:52 a.m. PST

Call me when it's got the entire complement of British-funded jets, and the operational trials are over, and she's declared to be fully fit for service.

Good to see some progress being made though.

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