Step Back in Time – 1980 Hawk Flight and Tactical Training at RAF Brawdy

An interesting snapshot, from the January 1981 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, of RAF fast jet training from a time when the air force was ramping up aircrew throughput to populate the growing Tornado GR.1 force

The Tornado GR1/4 gained legendary status in the RAF and it is enthralling to read how this affected the fast jet training ‘pipeline’, which included converting Vulcan aircrew to flying in fast jets.

A Hawk of No 1 Tactical Weapons Unit firing a salvo of 68mm unguided rockets from a Sneb pod.
A Hawk of No 1 Tactical Weapons Unit firing a salvo of 68mm unguided rockets from a Sneb pod.

Brawdy's Hawks

PHILIP BIRTLES reports from RAF Brawdy, the home of Number 1 Tactical Weapons Unit in South Wales, and samples the handling of the BAe Hawk and training methods employed by the unit

 

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