UK receives first F-35 stealth fighter jet from US
20 July 2012 Last updated at 07:48 BST
It has been a long and expensive wait, but Britain has now been handed its first Joint Strike Fighter jet, also known as the F-35.
Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond flew out in person to the searing heat of Fort Worth, Texas, for the official handover ceremony from its US manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
He says it is "the best warplane money can buy". But it is an eye-watering sum - the current cost of each jet is more than £100m.
Jonathan Beale reports.