Tag Archives | Royal Air Force

Remembering the VC10

Just over two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to hitch a ride on the last ever operational sortie flown by the RAF’s veteran Vickers VC10s; a type which had first entered use with the service in 1966. My report on the farewell outing for the UK’s self-styled “Queen of the Skies” […]

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PICTURE: RAF stalwarts make Royal farewell

I was on a Eurostar train bound for Paris on Saturday at the same time as a flypast over central London, which coincided with the annual Trooping the Colour event and the Queen’s official birthday celebrations. That’s not something we’d normally cover on The DEW Line, but the array of Royal Air Force types on show included […]

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Drone stats: how the UK has adjusted Reaper weapons use

Thanks to Chris Cole at the Drone Wars UK website for providing The DEW Line with the most detailed stats we’ve seen so far about the Royal Air Force’s use of armed Reapers in Afghanistan over the last half-decade. Here’s a Crown Copyright image showing one of the type on the ground at Kandahar airfield, […]

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VIDEO: RAF puts Hawk T2 through its paces

Thanks to the good folks at the Royal Air Force’s 4 Sqn for putting together a punchy video showing their Hawk T2 advanced jet trainer in action. There’s some nice footage of the aircraft being put through its paces from the unit’s Valley home on Anglesey in locations including the nearby Pembrey Range and in […]

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Falklands rhetoric – calm down, folks.

So, 2013 has started with a decades-old spat between the UK and Argentina over the ownership of the Falkland Islands flaring up again, with strong rhetoric coming from both Buenos Aires and London within the last few weeks. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show yesterday, prime minister David Cameron said the UK would maintain […]

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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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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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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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Rafales, Typhoons go wingtip to wingtip

Having recently been involved in a bitter dogfight to secure India‘s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal, it’s nice to see the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon flying side by side. A joint exercise involving the French air force’s 1/7 Provence squadron and personnel from the UK Royal Air Force’s 3 Sqn wrapped up at […]

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Sizing up the ‘Tartan Army’

The possibility of Scotland voting for independence has thrown up some intriguing topics for discussion recently. Key among these is the question of what would happen with any re-allocation of defence equipment currently located north of the border. Royal Air Force bases at Leuchars and Lossiemouth play respective host to squadrons equipped with Eurofighter Typhoon […]

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