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RAF surges reserve Voyagers into service as operational demands grow

For the first time, the RAF has surged two reserve Airbus A330-243 Voyager KC2/KC3 Multi-Role Tanker Transports – operated by the AirTanker consortium – into active service to cater for growing operational demands over Eastern Europe

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The colourful life of an aviation photographer

Fred Hill had a colourful life as an aviation photographer. Mark Hill reflects on his late father’s varied career – from learning his trade in the RAF to working on trials with the Vulcan and Shackleton at Woodford, Fred’s valuable imagery undoubtedly assisted in aircraft development

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RAF reveals name of Dassault 900LX CSAT aircraft

A new aircraft type procured by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a replacement for its BAe 146 fleet in the Command Support Air Transport (CSAT) role has been officially named.

Mirage 2000D - on exchange with the French Air and Space Force

RAF Tornado GR4 Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Flt Lt Alex Lock is currently on an exchange tour with the French Air and Space Force’s Escadron de Chasse 3/3 ‘Ardennes’, which operates the Dassault Mirage 2000D from Nancy-Ochey Air Base in eastern France.

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When an RAF Phantom shot down a 14 Sqn Jaguar

May 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the RAF Phantom fleet’s one and only air-to-air ‘kill’. But, as Ian Black reveals, it was not a celebrated event

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Air-to-air cannon target practice in the English Electric Lightning

Ian Black explains why the Lightning was fitted with cannon and what it was like pressing the firing button

RAF EOD memorial unveiled at Newark Air Museum

On Sunday May 1, a new Royal Air Force (RAF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) memorial was dedicated in the Memorial Garden at the Newark Air Museum.

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Delta Disaster: Fatal RAF Vulcan Heathrow crash

A record-breaking flight by a Vulcan turned into tragedy when a landing went wrong. Andrew Brookes recounts the events of that fateful day

Red Arrows Hawk arrives at St Athan

On April 22, a full 43 years after it entered RAF service, the South Wales Aviation Museum at St Athan took delivery of former Red Arrows BAe Hawk T1A XX263 from Cardiff University’s School of Engineering.

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The perilous role of air-to-air ramming aircraft

Deliberately flying into an enemy aircraft might seem like desperation, but the tactic dates back to the earliest days of military aviation. Malcolm V Lowe examines this aspect of air combat