Aviation fans crushed as it is confirmed F-35 fighter jet will NOT be flying at RIAT 2014

F-35 fighter jet will NOT be flying at RIAT 2014

F-35 fighter jet will NOT be flying at RIAT 2014

First published in News Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE highly-anticipated F-35 fighter jet will not be flying at this year's air tattoo in Fairford, it has been confirmed.

RIAT officials said that despite everyone’s best endeavours, it was decided that the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II will not fly at 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 debut.

The fighter jet has never once been seen outside the USA and had chosen RAF Fairford as its first visit.

“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," said Tim Prince. "Unfortunately we’ve simply run out of time."

A Ministry of Defence 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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2:49pm Thu 10 Jul 14

andrew.carpenter says...

OK so no Vulcan bomber, no F-35 fighter... this year's show is going to leave a lot of disappointed people.
OK so no Vulcan bomber, no F-35 fighter... this year's show is going to leave a lot of disappointed people. andrew.carpenter
  • Score: 7

2:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

HEXJUMPER says...

i do NOT agreed ! most people who paid their RIAT2014 ticket did this only to see the F-35 fly ! BTW because an airplane is grounded and banned to fly on OWN POWER...they could have flown in (as was already planned !) all the 4 examples by transport airplanes ( F-35A,F-35B,F-35C & the RAF version of the ,F-35B and exhibit them all 4 in the STATIC display! on sunday evening they could have transported them all to the Franborough site too.this is really bad for all aviation entusiasts who are ripped off now and will see only kinda airshow sith items we all have seen now more than enough in other airshows .in the flying display now is absolutely nothing new...not even the Scorpion that came over from the USA is flying.
i do NOT agreed ! most people who paid their RIAT2014 ticket did this only to see the F-35 fly ! BTW because an airplane is grounded and banned to fly on OWN POWER...they could have flown in (as was already planned !) all the 4 examples by transport airplanes ( F-35A,F-35B,F-35C & the RAF version of the ,F-35B and exhibit them all 4 in the STATIC display! on sunday evening they could have transported them all to the Franborough site too.this is really bad for all aviation entusiasts who are ripped off now and will see only kinda airshow sith items we all have seen now more than enough in other airshows .in the flying display now is absolutely nothing new...not even the Scorpion that came over from the USA is flying. HEXJUMPER
  • Score: 8

5:25pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Col Mustard says...

Harrier better aircraft , cheaper at US 28 million as opposed to US137 million F35B .Should have developed the Harrier further as we owned VSTOL technology we could have then sold it to all carrier owning countries which you cannot with a F35B . Being American it is twice the weight of a Harrier , slower on acceleration after vertical take off etc etc..

The Harrier was ceremoniously flogged off to the Yanks , 74 of them for £112 milion by Cameron/Conservative
s who tried to cover up the aircraft had just been the subject of a £600 million refit ...
Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich, chief of the US Navy’s supply corps said
‘We’re taking advantage of all the money the Brits have spent on them. It’s like we are buying a car with 15,000 miles on it.’

If anybody see's Clifton-Brown at Riat 2014 can you get him to comment on the above? The Conservatives cant have a lot to do at present having got Gay Marriage out of the way !
Harrier better aircraft , cheaper at US 28 million as opposed to US137 million F35B .Should have developed the Harrier further as we owned VSTOL technology we could have then sold it to all carrier owning countries which you cannot with a F35B . Being American it is twice the weight of a Harrier , slower on acceleration after vertical take off etc etc.. The Harrier was ceremoniously flogged off to the Yanks , 74 of them for £112 milion by Cameron/Conservative s who tried to cover up the aircraft had just been the subject of a £600 million refit ... Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich, chief of the US Navy’s supply corps said ‘We’re taking advantage of all the money the Brits have spent on them. It’s like we are buying a car with 15,000 miles on it.’ If anybody see's Clifton-Brown at Riat 2014 can you get him to comment on the above? The Conservatives cant have a lot to do at present having got Gay Marriage out of the way ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 5

10:43pm Sun 13 Jul 14

zer()cool says...

this years RIAT should of been called the 'Typhoon show', thats what was in the air the most, however the AMX /A1 fighter is a nice nifty little aircraft, I think they should of invested in some of them for navy & RAF, save some cash they may have a few planes to go on the new carrier instead of just helicopters, what a big joke this country is becoming, I'm sure Russia & North Korea are having a big laugh at us.
this years RIAT should of been called the 'Typhoon show', thats what was in the air the most, however the AMX /A1 fighter is a nice nifty little aircraft, I think they should of invested in some of them for navy & RAF, save some cash they may have a few planes to go on the new carrier instead of just helicopters, what a big joke this country is becoming, I'm sure Russia & North Korea are having a big laugh at us. zer()cool
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