Crowds at Farnborough Air Show were able to see the F35 Joint Strike Fighter make one of its first flights in Europe on Saturday (July 16).

The plane soared past the assembled crowds before showcasing its ability to hover mid-air.

The F35 had been due to display at the show two years ago but an engine fire grounded the plane for further testing .

The F35 at Farnborough Air Show

The supersonic plane, which is capable of short take off and vertical landing, is the world's most advanced stealth craft and is practically invisible to radar.

It will begin service with the RAF and the Royal Navy by 2018.

The MOD has bought eight of the £100m jets and is set to make 24 of the war machines available on its two new aircraft carriers by 2023.