For the first time in eight years, fighter jets flew from the decks of a British aircraft carrier.
Royal Navy Cdr. Nathan Gray, 41, makes the first-ever F-35B Lightning II jet take off from HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Photo: Lt. Cdr. Lindsey Waudby, Royal Navy
For 11 weeks, Marine Corps Maj. Michael Lippert, an F-35B test pilot, and three British pilots will test the performance of the F-35B Lightning II on the deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom’s newest and largest aircraft carrier. Lippert was selected to be a part of this mission based off his position as the Marine Corps’ F-35B ship suitability project officer and his previous shipboard operational experience as a Harrier pilot.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Zechariah Landa and Senior Airman Michael Terrazas trot along the beach on the unit’s working horses.
By Katie Lange, Department of Defense
Imagine clomping over acres of rugged land that can only be accessed by the horse who’s carrying you. Occasionally you might see the ocean or even an all-terrain vehicle, but for the most part, it’s just you, your horse and the land.
Not a lot of service members get to experience that, but the members of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Working Horse Patrol call it their job.
“It’s the last military working horse patrol unit in the entire Department of Defense,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Zechariah Landa, the patrol’s noncommissioned officer in charge.