This took place with little to no impact on operational activity.The first F-35 Lightning aircraft are due to arrive at their new home at RAF Marham shortly. The game-changing aircraft, which will be operated by both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, will be based at RAF Marham. Preparations are on track for the aircraft to be able to deploy from RAF Marham to deployed operating bases by the end of the year. In due course they will also deploy to the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.The resurfacing work was undertaken by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) through its contractors, a joint venture of Galliford Try and Lagan Construction. It forms part of a £250-million DIO programme of investment at the station and involves resurfacing about 90% of the airfield operating surfaces; all of this while the Tornado Force maintained operations from the airfield.Rob Dawson, DIO’s Principal Project Manager, said: RAF Marham Station Commander Group Captain Ian Townsend said: The Galliford Try Lagan Construction joint venture is delighted to have successfully reached this important stage of the project. We have a well-established relationship with DIO and this, combined with our experience of complex airside work, augurs very well for the remainder of the programme. Resurfacing the 1,855-metre long runway required the construction of two batching plants to prepare the specific asphalt and concrete needed for the new surface. Preparing the materials on site increased efficiency.RAF Marham is currently the home of the RAF’s Tornado fleet, which will begin operating from the runway immediately before being joined by the F-35s in due course. With the aircraft currently on operations it was important that this activity could be maintained without restriction. During the work, flying was only halted for 3 weeks while construction teams resurfaced an intersection between the main runway and the secondary runway. This was completed a day early despite poor weather.The remainder of the work being undertaken at RAF Marham continues, including construction of three vertical landing pads to enable the F-35s to use their vertical landing capability and a squadron headquarters for 617 Squadron (The Dambusters).Other work includes a high voltage power upgrade, refurbishment of 12 Hardened Aircraft Shelters and a small gym and canteen as well as a hangar, offices and technical facilities for 207 Squadron. James Aikman, Project Director, Galliford Try Lagan Construction, said: The completion of the resurfacing of the secondary runway is one a series of milestones for the work DIO and our contractors are undertaking to prepare RAF Marham to be the main operating base for the new F-35B aircraft. Along with work being completed by our colleagues at Defence Equipment and Support, this investment will transform RAF Marham with a host of new and upgraded facilities for the aircraft and the men and women who will operate them. It’s fantastic to have the secondary runway handed back to the station after the completion of the resurfacing in preparation for the imminent arrival of the F-35 Lightning. To see the Tornado’s take off from it for the first time was a real milestone in the programme and we look forward to the next historic event in the next couple of weeks when the F-35’s will touch down on the new runway as it arrives at its home base for the first time.
BARCELONA are eyeing a shock move for Tottenham flop Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.The 23-year-old midfielder was linked with the LaLiga side during his time at Lyon. Instead he moved to North London to become Spurs’ £65million club-record signing last summer.3 Tottenham flop Tanguy Ndombele has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona in the Spanish mediaCredit: GettyHowever, Mundo Deportivo claim the Nou Camp giants are plotting another attempt to sign the French international.They add that Ndombele is keen to move due to his poor relationship with Jose Mourinho.Today’s report from the Spanish publication claim Barca chiefs, who have made a new striker their No1 priority this summer, consider the star “a modern midfielder” who would be an ideal replacement for Ivan Rakitic or Arturo Vidal.But he is not the only option on their wishlist, with Napoli’s Fabian Ortiz also interesting Barca.Dembele started his Spurs career with a goal on his Premier League debut but injuries and fitness issues have since affected his form, leading to criticism from his manager.Mourinho has publicly stated Ndombele must do more and questioned how many more chances he can get.He was singled out by the Portuguese after he was hauled off at half-time in Spurs’ recent draw at Burnley after making zero impact.After the introduction of Giovani Lo Celso and Lucas Moura at the interval for Ndombele and 19-year-old Oliver Skipp, Mourinho’s men bounced back to earn a point having trailed.3LATEST WWE NEWSRIDDLE ME THISWWE star Shane McMahon thanked Matt Riddle for not beating up GoldbergCORM OVERCormier held talks with WWE over switch from UFC, Triple H confirmsMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutREY’S PLACEInside Rey Mysterio’s £1m Californian home where he keeps his sword collection’SEPARATE LIVESWWE star Brie Bella admits her and husband Daniel Bryan ‘are growing apart’Video’NOT OVER’Tyson vows AEW return to ‘kick Jericho’s ass’ and looks set for wrestling matchThe Spurs manager said: “In the first half we didn’t have a midfield. “Of course I’m not speaking of Skipp, because he’s a kid of 19 who’s played two hours in the last few days. I don’t criticise him at all.“But I’m not going to run away and I have to say he [Ndombele] has had enough time to come to a different level.“I know the Premier League is difficult and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league.“But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas, Lo Celso and those players are playing. I was expecting more in the first half from him.”3