and an A400M Atlas transport aeroplane providing air-sea rescue cover.
That is bigger news than the F35B flying over. If you think the F35B has been the white elephant of the century that means you have never had a look at this project.
For the amount of money invested into that we could have bought Antonov, fired everyone except the designers, packed all of their factories and transported them to Bristol to build proper transport planes. Ones that work. Probably ~ 3 times. At least.