RAF (Royal Air Force)

Vulcan XM607 starts its take-off run as XM598 taxies out. All photos author Feature Premium

Vulcan raiders – watching history over the fence

It was a quiet day at RAF Waddington, but history was about to be made. Bob Dunn recalled witnessing a memorable event in the May 2012 issue of FlyPast

The primary aircraft for the Black Buck 1 mission was Vulcan B.2 XM598 (shown here shortly after it first arrived at Wideawake Airfield), however a cockpit window wouldn’t seal properly and so the aircraft couldn’t be pressurised. This led to the back-up aircraft carrying out the attack. Bob Shackleton/VTST Feature Premium

Planning the Vulcan raids on the Falklands

Dr Kevin Wright interviewed Sqn Ldr Andy Marson (Ret), at the time Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s navigator on XH558, who helped plan the Black Buck raids during the Falklands War. He provided his insight into these complex missions in the August 2015 issue of Aviation News

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‘Monty’s’ personal Dakota

The Dakota KN628 was used for much of its career in uniform by the famous British military leader Bernard Montgomery. In its August 17, 1956 issue ‘The Aeroplane’ looked back over its service after it sold by the Air Ministry

Provost lineage on display at Linton-on-Ouse during the retirement ‘celebrations’ of May 20 with, left to right, the ex-gate guard Provost T.1 XF545 ‘K-O’ (now up for auction), Jet Provost T.3A XM321 ‘21’ and Jet Provost T.5A XW360 ‘69’. Key-Dave Allport Feature Premium

RAF Jet Provosts fade away

For 34 years Jet Provosts were based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Dave Allport was there to witness the end of the type at the Yorkshire base with his report appearing in the July 1993 FlyPast

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Analysis: What MOD's Defence Equipment Plan means for the services

With the UK releasing its latest Defence Equipment Plan and the promise of additional funding, prospects, for once, look good for the services. However, will the maths add up? Richard Thomas reports

First UK manufactured V-tail for RAF Protector fitted

A GA-ASI MQ-9B Protector destined for the RAF has been fitted with the first V-tail manufactured on the Isle of Wight by GKN Aerospace

RAF completes first drone flight using synthetic fuel

The RAF has marked a new milestone in its journey towards a more sustainable future after it successfully completed a drone flight using synthetic aviation fuel under Project Vermeer

RAF's last BAe 146 CC2 completes final flight

The RAF's sole remaining BAe 146 CC2 (serial ZE700) carried out its final flight on March 17, performing flypasts over multiple airfields before arriving in MOD St Athan, where it will be preserved at the nearby South Wales Aviation Museum

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The RAF's last search and rescue unit marks 50 years of helicopter ops

We explore the past and present of the RAF’s sole remaining search-and-rescue unit, as it celebrates a momentous milestone this year

RAF airlifts new radar onto Rock of Gibraltar

Aquila Air Traffic Management Services has delivered the new radar to serve RAF Gibraltar.