The Royal Air Force is four years into a campaign as part of the coalition to defeat so-called Islamic State. It’s a mission that’s evolved considerably and that now sees the Typhoon gearing up to assume sole responsibility for the UK fast jet element as the Tornado bows out of service.

The RAF Typhoons have now been involved in Operation ‘Shader’ for three years, mostly flying overwatch and attack missions. Crown Copyright

AS TOURISTS LAY the irst towels on their sun loungers in nearby Limassol, pairs of Royal Air Force Typhoons and Tornados roar into the warm Cyprus air to begin yet another sortie as part of Operation ‘Shader’.

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