Interview RAF fighter force commander

The RAF’s fighter force – the tip of the force’s spear, or Combat Air as it’s officially known – is heading into arguably its busiest ever period. Alan Warnes talks with the commander, Air Commodore Howard ‘Howey’ Edwards, about just how hectic this year has been

Having flown the Tornado in anger during the Iraq and Afghan wars, Air Commodore Howard ‘Howey’ Edwards, the RAF’s Combat Air Force Commander, knows a thing about challenges. Now, as a one-star, he has even bigger tests in store, such as getting the most out of the RAF’s elite fighter force of Typhoons and F-35B Lightnings. 

With the Lightning Force embarked on the HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of Operation Firedrake (see All points north, p40-43), expectations will grow even higher – just as Combat Strike Group (CSG) 21 did in 2021. Next year, as the Air Commodore revealed exclusively to AFM, the F-35Bs will be deployed to Iceland, for NATO’s Iceland Air Patrol commitment.

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