The Dambusters’ Stand Up

The first British F-35B to be flown to the UK, making the trip in the summer of 2016.
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Members of the Queens Colour Squadron RAF Regiment and The Central Band of the RAF perform at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
Officer Commanding 617 Sqn, Wing Commander John Butcher, requests permission to reform the Squadron.

THE LEGENDARY Dambusters squadron has been reformed in the USA, writes Matthew Curry. In a ceremony at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier reformed 617 Squadron in its 75th anniversary year, and 617 will be the first operational RAF squadron to fly the new F-35B Lightning II. The F-35B is the UK’s first 5th generation aircraft, with advanced stealth characteristics, digital systems and high performance.

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