European Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee, Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours of flight time have been recorded by UK F-35’s (a) in total and (b) per plane.

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The UK's current fleet of 14 F-35B Lightning aircraft has amassed a total of some 2,140 flying hours. This equates to an average of around 150 hours per aircraft; with a range of 12 flying hours to 555 flying hours depending on how long we have owned each individual aircraft.

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