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RAF Lightnings in Italian Exercise

Photo: A Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning aircraft from 617 Sqn follows an Italian Air Force F-35A prior to take off from Italian AF base Amendola near Foggia, Italy, as part of a sortie for EX Staccato Pursuit on the 02 July 2019.

 

A Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning aircraft from 617 Sqn follows an Italian Air Force F-35A prior to take off from Italian AF base Amendola near Foggia, Italy, as part of a sortie for EX Staccato Pursuit on the 02 July 2019. Sgt Ralph Merry/© UK MoD Crown copyright 2019

Royal Air Force F-35 Lightning aircraft from 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ have arrived in Italy to conduct bilateral training with their Aeronautica Militare counterparts.

Two F-35 aircraft will operate from the Italian airbase in Amendola, having arrived after the successful conclusion of Exercise Lightning Dawn in Cyprus; the four other aircraft from the Cyprus deployment landed safely back at RAF Marham on July 2. Amendola is home to 32 Stormo of the Italian Air Force, which also operates the F-35.

 

Two Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning aircraft from 617 Sqn and two Italian Air Force F-35A aircraft leave their shelters prior to take off from Italian AF base Amendola near Foggia, Italy, as part of a sortie for EX Staccato Pursuit on the 02 July 2019. Sgt Ralph Merry/© UK MoD Crown copyright 2019

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