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RAF picture special – beauty and the beast

Our Image of the Day blog today carries a great image of a Royal Air Force formation of nine Eurofighter Typhoons flying overhead the stunning Lincolnshire landscape. Yes, that statement does involve some mild topographical sarcasm, but as I was born in the UK’s potentially flattest county I reckon I can get away with it. […]

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Might at the museum

It’s nice to see that one of the UK’s Nimrod R1 electronic intelligence aircraft has been put on public display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford (which provided the image below), a little over a year after it was retired from service. Originally flown in the Nimrod MR1 maritime patrol aircraft configuration in December […]

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Bonkers Tonkas: UK sets Tornado retirement date

There has been a fair bit of uncertainty for a while now about the likely shape and size of the UK’s future combat aircraft fleet, but the Ministry of Defence’s planners appear to have resolved at least part of this, according to BAE Systems. Contained within the company’s lengthy half-year results statement on 2 August was the […]

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Tanker pain looming for RAF?

These are worrying times for the UK Royal Air Force, with the service facing major upheavals to its air transport and air-to-air refuelling inventories over the next 18 months. By the end of this year, the last of the UK’s Lockheed Martin C-130K Hercules will be retired from use, while the replacement Airbus Military A400M won’t start […]

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It’s anniversary time; bring forth the gaudy tail art

It’s anniversary time in the UK, with several Royal Air Force units in the process of marking the centenary of their formation; originally as part of the Royal Flying Corps. Coningsby-based 3 Sqn commemorated its own milestone over the weekend, with a specially-painted Eurofighter Typhoon certainly bringing a bit of colour to proceedings (the stunning image […]

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Citizens of London, remain calm: this is an exercise

It’s about to get even busier in the skies over London, with a major (well, by UK standards at least) exercise to test Olympic security plans to be conducted from 2-10 May. Dubbed “Olympic Guardian”, the activity will include operations with a pair of Eurofighter Typhoon interceptors from the Royal Air Force’s Northolt base on […]

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Red Arrows will bring colour to London Olympics

If you’re not subject to the pre-Olympics hype that is currently everywhere in the UK (and I’m pleased to say that I’m not, as I’m writing this blog post from Moscow), then the fact that it’s only (!) 100 days to go until the games open in London might have passed you by. The Royal Air […]

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