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  • RAF fighter plane numbers to reach 'all-time low' (since 1918)

    07/23/2015 4:33:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22 July 2015
    The number of RAF fighter planes is set to fall to the lowest in its history, defence experts have warned. Defence analysis group IHS Jane's said the RAF could be left with 127 combat jets by the end of the decade as 87 Tornados and the first tranche of 53 Typhoon jets are due to be retired. It would leave the RAF with its fewest number of fighter planes since 1918. The Ministry of Defence said the RAF "has and will have" the aircraft it needs to meet its global commitments. The government also says it is increasing the defence...
  • UK Royal Air Force Bombs Diverted to Saudis for Yemen, Syria Strikes

    07/17/2015 7:45:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Britain is diverting precision-guided bombs once intended for its Royal Air Force to Saudi Arabia so the Gulf State can build up a supply of the bombs it is using against targets in Yemen and Syria. The air forces of both nations use the precision-guided Paveway IV bomb on BAE Systems-supplied Tornado and Typhoon jets, making stocks easily interchangeable, Defense News reported. The Saudi Royal Air Force has been using the highly accurate, 500-pound bombs in its airstrikes against Islamic State targets and against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Earlier this week, the UK Ministry of Defense, responding to a House...
  • In defence of the F-35: Why future air combat will be different

    07/03/2015 8:55:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Alan Tovey
    Air combat is advancing at such a pace and about to head in a new direction that reports of a hi-tech F-35 fighter “losing” a simulated dogfight to a 1970s-design F-16 are irrelevant to the new stealth jet’s future, according to an ex-RAF group captain. The advanced systems and sensors aboard the F-35 mean its pilots will fly and fight in a new way, and the jet should not be measured using the same standards as older fighters, according to Andrew Linstead, who spent 27 years in the RAF flying in Tornados. His comments came after a test pilot’s report...
  • The dramatic moment RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian MiG fighters, spy planes and bombers [tr]

    06/18/2015 11:31:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 18, 2015 | Larisa Brown
    British warplanes scrambled to intercept nine Russian aircraft within hours after they flew menacingly close to the Baltic States in what was described as the biggest act of provocation since the Cold War. Moscow sent the world’s fastest supersonic fighter jet, along with spy planes and bombers to ‘snoop’ on Nato war games designed to send a ‘warning to Vladimir Putin’. A senior RAF source last night told the Daily Mail: ‘We’ve never had a period like this in living memory.’
  • Bombs away! The Blenheim's back

    06/14/2015 12:04:15 PM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/13/2015 | SARAH OLIVER
    Beneath the panes of Perspex in her floor, the daisy-strewn runway falls away as fast as 80 years of history. The Blenheim’s snout lifts skywards, her twin engines casting a heat haze behind the propellers’ silver blur. At 200mph, she throttles towards a patchwork of cumulus and sun, quiet, quick and deft. Inside she is bare of today’s technology. Her khaki flight deck contains pedals as delicate as a piano’s, a joystick, and a small black bank of antique instruments. I am perched in the navigator’s place on a circular seat the size of a dinner plate. Above me and...
  • Break up the RAF and stop buying British

    06/01/2015 5:46:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Jun 2015 | Lewis Page
    It’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) time again, in which we follow the new custom of making all defence policy shortly after an election without debate – thereby humanely relieving ministers of any need to justify their actions. Things are dire in the Armed Forces. The RAF is down to embarrassingly few operational bombers and has no submarine-hunting planes at all. The Army is yet again stripping itself of soldiers. The Navy is shortly to receive aircraft carriers, but they can carry only vertical-lift jets. We used to have some of those, but we got rid of them in...
  • VE Day: 92-year-old Second World War veteran flies Spitfire for first time in 70 years

    05/12/2015 3:13:27 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 5 replies
    The Independent ^ | May 12, 2015 | Heather Saul
    Link only due to copyright. WWII vet flies Spitefire for first time in 70 years
  • RAF to get £2billion fleet of jets to spot Putin's nuclear submarines off British coast

    05/10/2015 6:01:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Sunday Express, U.K. ^ | May 10, 2015 | ROB VIRTUE
    David Cameron and George Osborne will be persuaded to part with the cash to buy a fleet of jets to hunt Vladimir Putin's nuclear submarines, which have regularly been patrolling the coast of Britain in recent months. Often the Russian underwater vessels have only been discovered after colliding with private boats and now Government ministers are eager to plug the gap in defences with aircraft to track them. Around a dozen top of the range planes will be bought for the RAF over the next two years. These are likely to include the US developed Boeing Poseidon P8, designed for...
  • 7,377 Built, Two left flying...The Lancaster Bomber

    05/01/2015 11:27:45 AM PDT · by Doogle · 31 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 01/21/15 | CWHMuseum
    It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper—the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster bomber in the world—the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's (BBMF) Lancaster in England. Suddenly SeeMore...Productions Inc's specialty is reality adventure television and the people who make it. REUNION OF GIANTS documents this historic mission as it unfolds, through the eyes of the flight crews, veterans, friends and family—all part of the bombers’ history, including this new chapter as VeRA crosses the...
  • Avro Lancaster KB882; Coming in From the Cold?

    03/18/2015 7:24:56 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 9 replies
    War History Online ^ | March 7, 2015
    Last year, there was a brief stir concerning the plight of a rare combat veteran Avro Lancaster on outdoor display at Madawaska Municipal Airport in the Canadian city of Edmunston, New Brunswick. The city has owned Lancaster Mk.10P KB882 since her RCAF retirement in 1964. The LancasterÂ’s condition has deteriorated significantly after decades sitting outdoors, and a time of reckoning has arrived. While a small band of dedicated volunteers has done their best to preserve and maintain the old bomber, they do not have the resources to ensure her long term survival without a massive infusion of cash and expertise...
  • Russian bombers in the skies over Bournemouth: RAF jets scramble to intercept intruders (Photos)

    01/29/2015 3:55:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Published: 18:00 EST, 28 January 2015 | Larisa Brown, Defence Reporter for the Daily Mail
    British war planes were yesterday scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear missiles as they flew south of Bournemouth. Typhoon jets on high alert were dispatched from two RAF bases and flew alongside the long-range Russian Bear aircraft until they were out of the region. Last night experts said Vladimir Putin’s move to send planes capable of carrying cruise missiles so close to British shores could be seen as an act of aggression.
  • More than a thousand turn up at funeral of RAF veteran after he died with no friends or family

    01/21/2015 10:35:39 AM PST · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st January 2015 | Julian Robinson
    'More than a thousand mourners attended the funeral of an RAF veteran who died without any family or friends. Keith Ingham Nutbrown, 83, passed away at Treflys care home in Llandudno, North Wales recently and it was expected that nobody would attend his funeral. But crowds of well-wishers descended on Chester Crematorium today to pay their respects at the service. Servicemen and ex-servicemen lined the entrance to the crematorium while members of the RAF performed a fly-past before the service started. So many people turned up at the funeral that some were forced to listen to the service from outside....
  • Britain orders more F-35s as part of biggest-ever defence project

    10/28/2014 11:30:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | October 28, 2014 | Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    UK orders four more F-35B stealth jets as partners work to reduce the cost of the controversial fighter-bomber British defence and engineering companies including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have been given a boost after the Ministry of Defence struck a deal to order the first production batch of F-35 fighter-bombers. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the MoD had reached an agreement in principle to buy four F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft. About 15pc of each aircraft is manufactured in Britain and BAE is the only tier one partner in the F-35 programme, which is headed by Lockheed Martin and is...
  • Royal Air Force Now Flying Their Most Advanced Fighter Jets Ever

    10/17/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BAE Systems ^ | Oct 16, 2014
    The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) most advanced fighters ever are now in operational service following the largest ever fighter upgrade programme delivered by BAE Systems. Known as Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E), the upgrade package delivers a range of enhancements to the Typhoon aircraft. Developed by BAE Systems working together with its Eurofighter Partner companies, the RAF and UK Ministry of Defence, (MOD), the capabilities introduced have been developed on the back of operations in Libya, and cement Typhoon’s place as a world class multi-role fighter. The aircraft upgrades include enhanced computing power, weapons systems integration advancements and improved sensor suites...
  • RAF Tornado squadron saved from the scrap heap to bomb Isil

    10/02/2014 1:21:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Telegaph, UK ^ | October 2, 2014 | Matthew Holehouse, Political Correspondent, at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus
    AN RAF Tornado squadron that was due to be disbanded has been reprieved for a year in order to bomb Isil, David Cameron announced on Thursday night as he thanked British pilots for their bravery and sacrifice. In a surprise visit to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, Mr Cameron said the public must "never forget" the risks taken British aircrews whose actions in Iraq "make Britain safer". Two more Tornado GR4 jets have been dispatched to join six British planes taking part in bombing raids and reconnaissance missions over Iraq under Operation Shader, Mr Cameron said. One left on Thursday, and another...
  • Brimstone: British missile envied by the US for war on Isil

    10/01/2014 9:29:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 01 Oct 2014 | Ben Farmer
    America was keen for Britain to join air strikes against Isil because of its unique Brimstone missile, according to Whitehall sources Tornado GR4s have fired at least five of the missiles to destroy heavily armed Isil pickup trucks Photo: MBDA Missile Systems When the United States asked the RAF to join air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), Pentagon commanders had one particular weapon they wanted the British to bring. American defence chiefs had already seen the formidable Brimstone missile at work in Libya during the 2011 campaign against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and wanted...
  • Tornado could fly on into 2030s, partners say

    09/24/2014 9:32:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight International ^ | September 24, 2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Europe’s Panavia Tornado will remain in use as a relevant frontline asset for more than another 10 years, according to its programme partners, even though one of its main operators does not plan to retain the type beyond the end of the decade. The multinational effort that led to the Tornado’s creation began in 1969, and partner nations Germany, Italy and the UK on 16 September formally marked the 40th anniversary of the variable geometry design’s first flight. Also present were senior representatives from the Royal Saudi Air Force: the only export customer to have introduced the model. Staged at...
  • Integrating Typhoon and F-35: The Key to Future British Air Power

    09/10/2014 7:22:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Royal United Services Institute ^ | 9 Sep 2014 | Justin Bronk
    British combat air post-2020 will depend on the RAF’s Typhoon fast jet fleet – currently planned to total 107 aircraft at the end of this decade – and the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter, operated jointly by the RAF and the Royal Navy. Then-Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond said in July 2012 that the UK would buy up to forty-eight F-35B short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft in the next ten years of the newly agreed equipment plan. These will not only form the fixed-wing complement of the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, but will also deploy with...
  • Back on the bombing run: One of the last two flying Lancasters pays tribute

    08/30/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 19 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | August 30, 2014 | Carol Driver
    Back on the bombing run: One of the last two flying Lancasters pays tribute to the 55,000 Bomber Boys who never returned with flight on the route thousands of sorties took to target the Nazis MailOnline was granted exclusive access to film while flying alongside the Canadian Lancaster bomber Stunning footage shows the iconic aircraft soaring above the UK in what will be one of its final ever flights Video was shot while flying in a small aircraft just feet away from the world's second only airworthy Lancaster
  • Britain and Germany Are Still Upgrading the Tornado

    08/29/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 27, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    The deployment of four UK Royal Air Force Tornadoes to perform overwatch of Iraq, and an unconfirmed report last week that more might be deployed for surveillance of northern Nigeria, serves to illustrate the ongoing value of the aging but effective “Tonka.” Although the RAF fleet is scheduled to be retired in 2019 in favor of the F-35, upgrades continue, with another one announced recently. Meanwhile, the German air force intends to keep its Tornado fleet until at least 2025, with its own upgrades. Tornado surveillance of northern Iraq has demonstrated the value of the Rafael Litening III targeting pod...
  • Britain Considers Joining U.S. Iraqi Airstrikes

    08/09/2014 5:17:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-9-2014 | Nick Hallett
    British military chiefs are drawing up plans to help American airstrikes in Iraq, the Times reports. Senior figures are considering sending a spy plane to provide intelligence on ISIS positions, while Royal Air Force aircraft capable of refuelling U.S. fighter jets in mid-air will also be sent. The UK government, which has welcomed American intervention in the fight against ISIS, has also not ruled out conducting its own airstrikes if the humanitarian situation worsens. MPs are also discussing the possibility of using British special forces, who have long experience in the Kurdish region, to offer help in pinpointing targets. Former...
  • Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

    07/16/2014 3:02:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | July 16th, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    FARNBOROUGH, England – The British Royal Air Force plans to finish technological upgrades of as many as 59 Tornado aircraft by 2016 as part of a modernization plan to keep the plane relevant as the F-35 and Typhoon come on line, officials said at the Farnborough International Airshow. The upgrades included outfitting the planes with precision weapons, improved information exchange and secure communication technology, said Dave Waddington, Tornado Force Commander, RAF. Although at least eight upgraded Tornado aircraft have recently served in Afghanistan, the RAF plans to fully phase out the plane by 2019 as more Eurofighter Typhoons and F-35s...
  • Eurofighter Describes Multi-Role Capability Status

    07/11/2014 10:40:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | July 11, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    Multi-role functionality has been a long time coming for the Eurofighter Typhoon. But the four-nation industrial consortium building the combat jet says the Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) package that is now entering service represents a “paradigm shift” in capability. The commander of the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon force, Air Cmdr. Gary Waterfall, said the new package allows the RAF to drop 500-pound Paveway IV “smart” bombs “at the moment of our choosing, on targets of our choosing, with a multitude of fuse settings, impact angles and arrivals.” Laurie Hilditch, Eurofighter GmbH future capabilities manager, added, “The operator may...
  • BAE contracted to study Brimstone 2 for Typhoon

    06/19/2014 12:05:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Flight International ^ | June 19, 2014 | BETH STEVENSON
    Following doubts over the timeline for the integration of MBDA-developed Brimstone 2 missiles on the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoons, the UK Ministry of Defence has contracted BAE Systems to study the possibility of accelerating the process. In February the National Audit Office released its Major Projects Report 2013, which claimed the integration of the air-to-surface Brimstone 2 on the Typhoon would not come to pass until 2021. This would result in a two year capability gap, following the retirement of the Panavia Tornado GR4 in 2019. The £5 million ($8.5 million) contract for an initial study will facilitate an...
  • RAF jets see off Russian warplanes near the Baltic states

    06/18/2014 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 6/18/14 | John Ingham
    RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept a force of seven Russian warplanes near the Baltic states. A Russian bomber, four fighters, a command and control plane and a transport plane were taking part in exercises in international air space over the Baltic Sea. The two Typhoons, sent from Siauliai air base in Lithuania, escorted them away on Tuesday. Britain sent four Typhoon fighters to Lithuania, a Nato ally, in April as tensions rose over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea from the Ukraine. Nato carries out Baltic air policing because Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania do not have their own fighters.
  • Soldiers secretly join pacifist group that forbids bearing arms in remarkable breach of military law

    06/01/2014 2:19:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:20 EST, 31 May 2014 | Mark Nicol
    Serving members of Britain’s Armed Forces have secretly joined a pacifist organization directly opposed to war and the carrying of weapons, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. In a remarkable breach of military law, members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have joined Veterans For Peace UK, which campaigns against armed conflict. It also campaigns to stop the UK Government “intervening in the internal affairs of other nations”, and has organized protests at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day as well as visits to schools to teach pupils the “true nature” of armed conflict. Last night, there were...
  • Tom Neil-Veteran Battle of Britain Pilot's Speech - RAF Museum

    05/17/2014 4:31:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jul 22, 2013 | RAF Museum
    Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC & Bar, AFC and AE recounts his days as a RAF pilot during WWII and his experiences during the Battle of Britain For the first time, the RAF Museum brings you this video in one complete, uninterrupted, video.
  • RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK

    04/23/2014 10:36:04 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 36 replies ^ | April 23 2014 | No Attribution
    Two Russian surveillance planes which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter. The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland. They turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee, where crews are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment's notice.
  • British Fighter Flies with 3D Printed Parts

    01/14/2014 8:01:10 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    DefenseTech ^ | January 13, 2014 | Mike Hoffman
    The United Kingdom’s Tornado became the first fighter jet to fly with 3D printed parts in December. Done by BAE Systems, the Tornado was fitted with metal components constructed by a 3D printer. The plane then completed test flights at the end of December at BAE System’s airfield in Warton, Lancashire. The 3D printer constructed a protective cover for the cockpit radio, a protective guard for the landing gear and support struts on the air intake door, according to BAE Systems. 3D printing has gained a lot of momentum, especially in the defense and aviation industries. Companies such as General...
  • Air force pilots' [RAF and RCAF] remains recovered in Ontario lake 72 years after plane crash

    09/15/2013 6:53:27 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | September 13, 2013 | QMI AGENCY
    The remains of two air force pilots missing nearly 72 years since their plane crashed in a cottage country lake north of Toronto have been recovered. British Royal Air Force Flight Lt. Peter Campbell, 24, and Royal Canadian Air Force Leading Aircraftsman Theodore "Ted" Bates, 27, were recovered in Lake Muskoka in October 2012. Officials said they didn't reveal the recovery operation until Friday as they didn't want the wreckage to be disturbed and wanted to make arrangements for the plane. "This particular dive operation will certainly stay with the team forever," Lt. Greg Oickle, the acting commanding officer of...
  • British Have Premier Industrial Position on F-35

    09/13/2013 8:22:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 | CHRIS POCOCK
    British Have Premier Industrial Position on F-35 The premier position of the UK aerospace industry on the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was highlighted by a briefing and presentation at the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) show in London this week. Some 500 British companies are involved in producing “15 percent of each of the 3,100 F-35s that will be built,” according to Steve O’Bryan, vice president for F-35 program integration at Lockheed Martin. The company has calculated that the program will secure 24,000 high-technology jobs in the UK through 2039. BAE Systems lead for F-35 production Chris Robson said...
  • Syrian Warplanes Test British Air Defenses in Cyprus

    09/08/2013 5:30:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    inn ^ | 9/8/13 | Elad Benari
    RAF Typhoon fighters won a mid-air showdown with two Syrian warplanes heading towards Britain’s main base in Cyprus, the Sunday People reports. The dramatic confrontation came after President Bashar Al-Assad’s air chiefs sent two Russian-made Sukhoi Su-24s to probe British air defenses, the report said. The Syrian bombers refused to respond to repeated attempts by the control tower at the UK’s Akrotiri air base to contact them. RAF pilots flying the advanced combat jet were scrambled before the Sukhois could enter our 14-mile air exclusion zone. The Typhoons – which can scream from runway standstill to seven miles high in...
  • Typhoon at 10 years: The king of swing

    08/22/2013 4:31:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BAE Systems ^ | Monday 19 August 2013
    Typhoon at 10 years: The king of swing Performance of Typhoon jet hailed in its first decade of flying Two of the Royal Air Force’s leading officers have hailed the performance of the Eurofighter Typhoon jet during its first decade of flying and since deliveries were made to the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2003. With the addition of new technology developments over the last 10 years, the aircraft is now the world's only truly ‘swing’ role jet, able to switch from air-to-air to air-to-surface attack capabilities in the same mission. Praise indeed Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer, the RAF’s...
  • Newcastle World War II hero mystery solved

    08/01/2013 11:28:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Newcastle Evening Chronicle ^ | 20 Aug 2010 12:10
    Newcastle World War II hero mystery solved 20 Aug 2010 12:10 MISSING details about the life and times of a Second World War hero can finally be told. MISSING details about the life and times of a Second World War hero can finally be told. Nearly 70 years after RAF rear gunner Sgt Frederick ‘Leonard’ Molteni paid the ultimate sacrifice over occupied Belgium, his life story can be revealed. Sgt Molteni was killed with his five Wellington bomber crewmates on a doomed mission in 1941 when they were shot down over the Belgian coast. His grave now lies in Belgium...
  • Fighter Jets Scrambled To Passenger Plane

    05/24/2013 6:22:37 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 58 replies
    The airline has confirmed it is for security reasons. There are understood to be 297 passengers on board. The plane was heading west towards Manchester when it was suddenly re-routed near York and headed back out to the North Sea, before travelling south to Stansted. It is believed to have now landed at the airport.
  • Dambusters flypast and ceremony on raid's 70th anniversary

    05/17/2013 10:35:46 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 45 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th May 2013 | BBC News
    'Two of the surviving Dambuster airmen have attended a ceremony after a flypast to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II raid on German dams. Hundreds of onlookers gathered as a Lancaster bomber flew over Derwent reservoir - one of the practice sites used ahead of the top-secret mission. More than a third of the men never returned from the raids, when they had to fly just 60ft above ground. RAF Scampton later hosted a sunset service. The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and 617 Squadron flew over the dam in Derbyshire's Hope Valley on Thursday lunchtime....
  • Cancelled: Britain’s High-Mach Heartbreak (TSR-2)

    03/31/2013 11:03:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | April 2013 | David Noland
    Cancelled: BritainÂ’s High-Mach Heartbreak The TSR-2 bomber was a case of aeronautical genius foiled by political foolishness. For an American teenager, 1963 was a great year to be living in London. Thanks to my dadÂ’s job in international marketing, I was a Beatles fan six months before my pals back home knew there was such a thing as a Beatle. And as a budding airplane buff, I had a front-row seat for the emergence of another symbol of British national pride: the TSR-2 supersonic bomber, a twin-engine, low-level hotshot that I thought was the coolest-looking airplane ever. Shivering in my...
  • RAF Marham to get F-35

    03/26/2013 2:21:18 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 4 replies
    The Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II aircraft will be based at RAF Marham, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed, securing the future of the station. But other stations will be affected in a "rationalisation" of the defence estate, ministers have said. The fighter aircraft, which has continued to hit recent headlines due to design issues, is to be the most advanced jet ever delivered to the armed forces, the Ministry of Defence said. RAF Marham will now receive additional investment and infrastructure so that it can become the main operating base for the aircraft which will also operate from the...
  • Dresden deserves to be remembered

    02/13/2013 9:04:00 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 414 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 02/13/2013 | Tom Chivers
    It's the 68th anniversary of the Dresden bombing. In Britain, we don't think about it as much as, perhaps, we should. The bare facts. More than 1,200 RAF and USAAF bombers attacked the city between the 13th and 15th of February 1945, in four raids. They dropped 3,900 tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs, killing between 22,000 and 25,000 people, almost all civilians. The city's anti-aircraft defences had all been moved to defend the industrial works of the Ruhr valley. The details are chilling.
  • Prince Harry got extra protection after Taliban attack on his base in Afghanistan

    09/18/2012 5:06:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 8:42 AM
    Prince Harry at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan on September 7. LONDON — Britain's defense secretary says Prince Harry got extra protection when the Taliban attacked his base in Afghanistan last Friday. Philip Hammond says the prince, a helicopter pilot, was moved to a secure position once it was clear that the perimeter of Camp Bastion had been breached. In an interview with the BBC Monday night, Hammond said: "He is serving there as an ordinary officer but clearly there are additional security arrangements in place that recognize that he could be a target himself specifically as a result of who...
  • RAF veteran defies health and safety to take to the skies

    08/23/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | Aug 20, 2012
    RAF Bomber Command RAF veteran defies health and safety to take to the skies A 91-year-old former RAF pilot, who was told it was too dangerous to sit in the cockpit of a Spitfire, has taken off once more, flying in the face of health and safety rules. Telegraph News By Telegraph reporters 8:18AM BST 20 Aug 2012 Eric Carter, the last surviving member of Force Benedict, a secret mission to protect the northern Russian port of Murmansk, flew Spitfires during the Second World War. But he was shot down earlier this year when he wanted to sit in the...
  • Finally we honour the bravest of the brave:Queen unveils Bomber Command memorial

    06/28/2012 7:33:22 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    They have waited almost 70 years but thousands of war veterans and their relatives finally watched today as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a lasting legacy to the sacrifice made by tens of thousands of airmen who died in the Second World War. More than 5,000 veterans and veterans' family members from all over the world travelled to the capital for the poignant ceremony to mark the opening of the Bomber Command Memorial, with Air Commodore Malcolm White, chairman of Bomber Command Association vowing: 'We will remember them'. Situated in the heart of London, a stone's throw...
  • RAF Bomber Command Memorial: After 67 years, the sacrifice of 55,000 airmen is honoured

    06/28/2012 6:47:48 PM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 33 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 06-28-2012 | Neil Tweedie, and Gordon Rayner
    RAF Bomber Command Memorial: After 67 years, the sacrifice of 55,000 airmen is honoured They had waited 67 years for this moment to arrive, and when it finally came, none tried to mask their emotions.
  • Queen to Unveil WWII Monument in London: Germans Grudgingly Accept Bomber Memorial

    06/25/2012 2:55:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 118 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 06/25/2012 | David Crossland in Berlin
    The planned unveiling in London of a memorial to the 55,573 Royal Air Force Bomber Command airmen killed in World War II has sparked muted criticism in Germany, where many regard the Allied air raids that destroyed entire cities and killed over 500,000 civilians as unjustified and criminal. Helma Orosz, the mayor of Dresden, which was devastated in an Allied attack in February 1945, criticized the plans for the monument when they first became public in 2010, and spoke to London Mayor Boris Johnson about it. "The planned memorial triggered astonishment in Dresden and was judged critically by us in...
  • WWII Fighter Plane Hailed the 'Aviation Equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' Found Preserved (Sahara)

    05/10/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Richard Alleyne
    WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara A Second World War aeroplane that crash landed in the Sahara Desert before the British pilot walked to his death has been found almost perfectly preserved 70 years later. Most of its cockpit instruments are intact and it still had it guns and ammunition before they were seized by the Egyptian military. There are also signs of the makeshift camp the pilot made alongside the fuselage. No human remains have been found but it is thought the pilot may lie within a 20 mile radius...
  • 30 years ago today, one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time: a long range surprise attack

    05/01/2012 5:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | April 30, 2012 | Richard Clements
    30 years ago today, one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time: a long range surprise attack to the Falklands April 30, 2012 At 22.30, on Apr. 30, 1982, the first engine of some 13 Hadley Page Victor K2 Tanker aircraft spooled into life and announced the start of one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time. It all started a few weeks previously, when some Argentinean scrap metal merchants had claimed some remote British Islands called South Georgia in the name of Argentina. It culminated in General Leopold Galtiere invading the British dependency of the Falkland Islands...
  • Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet

    04/21/2012 9:49:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 20, 2012 | Tim Hepher
    Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet (Reuters) - Senior British politicians and royals might consider making foreign visits in converted air force refuelling jets after a row over the use of a rented Boeing for a trade mission to tout European-made Airbus planes. Britain's aerospace industry lobby group said proposals were being drawn up by the industry that could allow Prime Minister David Cameron and even the Queen to use modified Airbus jetliners that double as refuelling planes. The proposals follow a British media storm after Cameron led a business delegation to Indonesia in a chartered Boeing 747 to...
  • The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly

    04/14/2012 4:37:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 46 replies
    Historic planes buried in Second World War are to be shipped back to Britain after their mystery locations were discovered War leaders did not want them to fall into foreign hands when they demobilised in 1945 Hidden in crates at a depth of 4ft to 6ft the RAF then forgot where they were Twenty brand-new RAF Spitfires could soon reach for the sky following a deal reached with Burma yesterday. Experts believe they have discovered the locations of around 20 of the Second World War fighters buried at airfields around the country. David Cameron has secured an agreement that they...
  • Merits of Sentinel Radar Touted, as Axe Looms (British radar)

    04/09/2012 10:56:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN Online ^ | April 6, 2012 | Chris Pocock
    Merits of Sentinel Radar Touted, as Axe Looms Officials from Raytheon UK and personnel from the Royal Air Force (RAF) are emphasizing the excellent performance of the Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (Astor) system over Afghanistan and Libya. They are hoping that the UK Ministry of Defence will reverse its 2010 decision to withdraw the ground surveillance system, which flies on five Bombardier Global Express business jets, after most British troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. Operating from Akrotiri airbase, Cyprus, RAF Sentinels flew more than 2,000 hours during NATO’s Libyan air campaign. They collected wide-area and spot-scene moving-target and synthetic...
  • £10billion spent on refuelling planes which don't work on RAF jets

    04/05/2012 6:13:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 2012 | Jamie Mcginnes
    £10billion spent on refuelling planes which don't work on RAF jets A £10billion fleet of refuelling planes for the RAF have been found to suffer leaks when they fill up British jets. Tests have shown connecting pipes leak on the Voyagers when they try to resupply Tornado jets - although they work fine when used by American fighters. It is feared the latest glitch to affect the aircraft, also used to evacuate battlefield casualties and transport troops, could delay their entry into service. The MoD agreed the PFI programme - the biggest ever - with Oxfordshire-based AirTanker for 14 planes....