Royal Air Force

Queen’s final flight sets all-time flight tracking record

The flying of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin by a Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 Globemaster III from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt on September 13 set a new flight tracking record, website Flightradar24 has said

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When the Queen first reviewed her air force

In 1953, the new monarch inspected the RAF at its early post-war height

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Secret Vulcan procedures – preparing for a nuclear strike

It was called Mutually Assured Destruction, the deterrent that would prevent nuclear holocaust. In the September 2011 FlyPast Glenn Sands explained how the V-Force would have hit back after a Soviet strike

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Vulcan in RAF Service

The Vulcan was used in a number of roles by the RAF, including the lesser known tasks of maritime reconnaissance and nuclear test sampling.  In the August 2015 issue of Aviation News Dr Kevin Wright reviewed the V-bomber’s military career which lasted more than 30 years

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Vulcan navigator reveals all – Life in the Coalhole

In the February 2016 issue of Flypast navigator Jack Talliss recalled his Vulcan days, which included the prototype and last-to-go XH558

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Behind the scenes at Tain bombing range

A controller at the Tain Air Weapons Range, Sgt Andy Walker, gives insights into the roles of this Scottish facility and how it has recently expanded its portfolio of customers

RAF Chinooks return from deployment to Estonia

Two RAF-operated Boeing Chinook HC5/HC6 heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters from No 27 Squadron at RAF Odiham, Hampshire, have returned home following a deployment to Ämari Air Base in Estonia

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-senior commander says RAF ‘requires reset’ to meet Russian threat

In a wide-ranging interview with Key.Aero’s Dino Carrara, Air Marshal Greg Bagwell (ret’d) offers his thoughts on the air war in Ukraine and the future of the RAF in light of the heightened security situation in Europe

RAF's new Envoy IV fleet reaches full-service capability

Two months after receiving its first aircraft, the Royal Air Force (RAF) declared full-service capability on its newly acquired fleet of two Envoy IV transport aircraft on August 1.

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When RAF Canberras surveyed the Yemen

When the RAF was tasked with a survey of North Yemen, it fell to No 13 Squadron and its Canberra PR9s to do the honours. Operation ‘Hayrack’ was the dusty desert deployment that resulted