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The  rst of Delta Air Lines’ A220-100s
rolled out the painting hangar at the A
 nal assembly line in Mirabel, Québec in
mid-September. Delta will be  rst US-based

airline to take delivery of the A220, formerly
known as the Bombardier C Series.
Larry Cato, a programme manager on
Delta’s  eet management team, was on site

for the occasion and said: “There’s nothing
like seeing years of planning come together
in the shape of a freshly painted aircraft. It’s
a major milestone for the future of our  eet.”
The aircraft is now undergoing a series of
pre- ight tests in the A220  ight line hangar
at Mirabel before embarking on its  rst  ight
later this year.
Delta said the process of painting the
aircraft took nine days, 200 rolls of masking
tape and 165 gallons of paint to complete.
Its  rst A220 is scheduled to enter service in
early 2019.

First View of a Delta A
Delta’s  rst A220-100 rolled out of the
painting hangar at the Airbus A220  nal
assembly line in Mirabel, Québec in
September. Patrick Desrochers

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning aircraft
landed on the deck of the Royal Navy’s
new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth,
for the  rst time on September 28. The
two American aircraft were  own by Royal
Navy Commander Nathan Gray and
RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, who
made history by landing on the deck of
Britain’s newest carrier. Shortly afterwards,
Commander Gray became the  rst pilot to
take off from the ship’s ski ramp.
The milestones marked the start of more
than 500 take-offs and landings set to take
place from the warship over the next 11
weeks. Night  ying is already under way.
Commander Gray said: “No words can explain
how it felt to turn the corner at 500mph and
see HMS Queen Elizabeth awaiting the arrival
of her  rst F-35 jets. I feel incredibly privileged.

“For a naval aviator it is always a special
moment when you spot the carrier in the
distance, hidden within a grey expanse of
ocean. HMS Queen Elizabeth is a  oating
city, home to hundreds of fellow sailors and
Royal Marines, and it’s been a particularly
poignant day.”
The carrier is currently off the US east
coast conducting  ying trials – the jets will
be put through their paces over the coming
weeks in a range of sea and weather
conditions. British aircraft will land on the
deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth when it
returns to the UK.
The commanding officer of the aircraft
carrier, Captain Jerry Kyd, said: “I am

quite emotional to be here in HMS Queen
Elizabeth seeing the return of  xed-wing
aviation, having been the captain of the
aircraft carrier which launched the last
Harrier at sea nearly eight years ago. The
regeneration of big deck carriers able
to operate globally, as we are proving
here on this deployment, is a major step
forward for the United Kingdom’s defence
and our ability to match the increasing
pace of our adversaries. The  rst touch-
downs of these impressive stealth jets
shows how the United Kingdom will
continue to be world leaders at sea for
generations to come.”
HMS Queen Elizabeth is on track to
deploy on global operations from 2021.
Meanwhile, the UK has now taken delivery
of 16 out of the planned 138 F-35 aircraft.

The  rst F-35 landings on the Royal Navy’s
HMS Queen Elizabeth took place on
September 28. Crown Copyright

First F-35 Landings on

HMS Queen Elizabeth



Aviation News incorporating Jets November 2018
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