First F-35 landing on Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier goes awry after pilot trips and falls on his FACE (VIDEO)
Added 10-20-19 02:37:02am EST - “The historic first landing of an F-35 on the deck of the Royal Navy's brand new aircraft carrier, HMS ?Queen Elizabeth,' experienced a slight hiccup after the triumphant pilot slipped and fell flat on his face.” - Rt.com
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The slapstick comedy scene was captured on CCTV footage that was later leaked on the internet. The video shows the moments after the F-35 Lighting pilot climbed out of his fighter jet. After shaking hands with several colleagues, the pilot trips and hits the carrier’s deck face-first. A crew member then rushes to his aid.
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The footage was reportedly taken during a joint exercise with the US, and marks the first time that HMS ‘Queen Elizabeth’ had welcomed a British F-35 on its deck.
Although the pilot doesn’t seem to be badly hurt by the stumble, some have speculated that the mishap may come with a hefty price tag. The pilot’s high-tech helmet – specifically designed for the F-35 – costs around £250,000 ($324,600).
Britain’s Ministry of Defense told the Daily Star that it has launched a probe to determine who leaked the embarrassing CCTV footage.
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