The Navy offers thrilling and fulfilling pilot positions in the UK, including flying advanced fighter jets and commanding maritime aircraft, shaping a career unmatched by commercial aviation.
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F-35 Lightning - the world’s first ‘fifth generation’ fighter
In 2019, UK F-35B Lightnings disembarked on completion of the first phase of operational tests onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in the USA. This 5-week period was a significant, and historic step towards their first operational deployment together in 2021. The test period included further flying with USMC F-35Bs.
I get to be part of a wide variety of missions. I’ve been involved in search-and-rescue, using the winch to pull people to safety, and on the frontline where I’ve fired machine guns
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It’s not just our elite pilots who keep our aircraft in the sky. Everyone has a role to play, from Air Traffic Controllers to Air Engineers.
So whether flying interests you or you just want to use amazing kit, you’ll need to be focused and ready to react at a moment’s notice.
On deployment you’ll be part of the ship’s flight, assigned from either Culdrose or Yeovilton. When the ship sails, you’ll fly to join it for up to 9 months.
Like everyone on board, you complete all the essential pre-deployment training.
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