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Exclusive: RAF bases record hundreds of bird strikes or near-misses

More than 250 bird strikes or near-misses have been recorded at Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in the Southern and Eastern Regions since 2017, including a high of 73 incidents reported by RAF aircrews in 2020, with a further 46 up to October 28 this year

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RAF Shadow R1 Fleet to be upgraded and increased

The RAF’s fleet of six modified Beechcraft King Air 350CER Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) platforms known as the Shadow R1 is to be increased and upgraded after a £110m contract is awarded to Raytheon UK on November 3

Royal Air Force retires E-3D Sentry AEW1

The UK officially retired its E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet at a ceremony at RAF Waddington on September 28, marking the end of 30 years of service with the Royal Air Force (RAF)

RAF completes final operational Sentinel R1 mission

The Royal Air Force carried out its final mission with the Raytheon Sentinel R.Mk 1 on February 25, bringing almost 13 years of operational UK military service to an end

UK MoD plots Red Arrows move to RAF Waddington

Plans to relocate the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) world-renowned aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, to RAF Waddington – following the closure of its current home, RAF Scampton – have been announced by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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RAF Rivet Joints: Out of the Shadows

The RAF has been highly secretive over the years about the electronic intelligence role of 51 Sqn. With this in mind, Aviation News Editor Dino Carrara was intrigued to hear what would be revealed at a recent press event held at RAF Waddington.

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Tactical Fighter Meet ‘86 at RAF Waddington

Early August 1986 saw a gathering of more than 70 aircraft from from eight NATO countries at RAF Waddington for Tactical Fighter
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