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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 218359, tabled on 11 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the (a) first and (b) last pilot will complete their training on the F-35B with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501; and how many pilots will be trained.

Answered on

18 December 2014

The first UK pilot completed training with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) in February 2013 and, on current plans, the final UK pilots to complete their training on VMFAT-501 will do so in May 2018. A total of 24 UK pilots, comprising Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel, will be trained on VMFAT-501.