If you saw TGTV series 28, you’ll have seen the 250mph McLaren Speedtail lose a race. A race against a 1,200mph F-35 fighter jet, mind you. Very little shame in that.
Keen to know more, we headed to RAF Marham - where the UK’s first fleet of F-35 Bs is based - to chat to Station Commander Jim Beck. He’s flown F-35s more than anyone else on site, racking up 900 missions since 2014, 300 in the air and 600 on the simulator.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky,” he says. “I’ve flown F-16s, Typhoons, Tornados - the whole plethora of jets. What you see here is a revolution of them. If you’re a high jumper, this has gone up by feet, not inches.”
Feel like more of a Goose than a Maverick? Click on for Jim’s idiot’s guide to flying an F-35…
Images: MOD/Lockheed Martin