Tim Ripley looks at how 2019 is turning into a major watershed for the Royal Air Force with new aircraft and weapons coming online as some veteran types are retired.

Last year was momentous for the RAF as it celebrated its centenary and 2019 is also set to be significant. After the retirement of the Tornado GR4 the service has a frontline fast-jet force consisting of the Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning. The RAF is the only European air arm to field a mix of solely fourth- and fifth-generation combat aircraft.

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