First U.K. pilots begin training to fly F-35

Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM.

Royal Air Force Capt. Steven Grant, who graduated from his weapons maintenance course Monday, relocated his wife and 3-year-old son from northern Scotland.

He said it was “a bit of a different climate” in Florida. The family arrived in September when it was still warm enough to go to the beach.

“It’s been very hectic since we got here, but everybody’s been really helpful,” he said. “Everybody we spoke to, they realized who we are. They seemed to know we were coming before we were even here.”

He said many locals invited the families to their homes for Thanksgiving.

Tomassetti said the Marines, the United Kingdom’s Navy and Royal Air Force and the U.S. Air Force have formed a uniquely qualified team with wide-ranging experience to work through initial test phases with the F-35.

“Other than the fact that people are wearing slightly different clothes, it would seem that everybody’s a part of one big operation,” he said.

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Lauren Sage Reinlie at 850-315-4443 or Follow her on Twitter @LaurenRnwfdn.

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