Julian Bray writes:
FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW BOUND: Two US Marine Corps F-35B jet fighters, temporarily based at RAF Fairford, on Tuesday completed compulsory pre-qualification validation flights as required under new Air Show rules promoted by the CAA. The UK government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) , have now cleared the jets to perform during the Farnborough International Airshow next week.
A validation flight, confirms that an aircraft’s flight profile and aerial display sequence meets regulations and approves it for flying during the show. The 2 jets took off around 2 p.m. from RAF Fairford and flew to Farnborough, landing back at Fairford after about 20 minutes.
The F-35Bs will have already completed practice runs for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) on Wednesday, said Lt. Col Richard Rusnok, one of the Marine Corps F-35B pilots in town for the air shows.
The Air Force F-35As, which will fly only at RIAT, conducted their flight validation at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia before the jets flew across the Atlantic Ocean last week, said Maj. Will Andreotta, F-35A heritage flight team commander and an F-35 pilot.
One of the A-variants conducted a practice flight Tuesday morning, Andreotta said. A different F-35A will run through the same profile Wednesday morning, and the F-22s will practice Thursday.
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