It cost the US a billions of pounds and doesn't exactly do much right now, but thankfully us Brits get to reap the rewards of some pretty awesome photo ops for nothing: here is the F-35 on its very first night refueling mission, glowing like it's flying over the moon.
What are we seeing here, exactly? What's that tentacle space probe? A fuel boom: the F-35 hooked up with a US "Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35's boom receptacle," a sensitive piece of flying. So thanks, multi-billon pound plane. You photograph so good.