Royal Air Force (RAF)

RAF trials low-level parachute capability on A400M

As the RAF continues to expand and develop the capabilities of its Airbus A400M Atlas C1 fleet, the service revealed on September 7 that it has successfully completed a series of low-level parachute trials on the type

Interim report released on loss of F-35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth

An interim report into the loss of UK F-35B Lightning II ZM152 ‘018’ on HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on November 17, 2021, was published by the UK Ministry of Defence on September 8

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Allied aircraft flock to UK for Exercise Cobra Warrior

A number of combat aircraft, along with their associated support assets, from multiple nations have been touching down at various locations across the UK for this year’s second attempt at Exercise Cobra Warrior, after the first was cancelled due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24

Chile inducts ex-RAF E-3Ds into active service

The two former Royal Air Force-operated Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1s acquired by the Chilean Air Force have been formally inducted into operational service

Final Exercise Point Blank of 2022 concludes

Exercise Point Blank 22-4 – the last of four quarterly-held exercises to be held in 2022 by the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk – took place from August 24-25

RAF launches Poseidon on first SAR mission

An RAF-operated Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, was launched to help rescue two transatlantic rowers on August 18, marking the first time the type has been deployed to support an active SAR operation

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Global air arms converge on Australia for Exercise Pitch Black

Throughout mid-August, combat aircraft and associated support assets from a host of global air arms have deployed to Australia in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black – a large-scale force employment exercise hosted biennially by the RAAF, which returns after a four-year hiatus

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

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Early days of the RAF C-130K Hercules

The C-130J, the next generation of Hercules succeeding the C-130K, is due to be retired by the RAF next year. We go back to the ’60s with this article from the April 5, 1967 issue of ‘Aeroplane’ where Mike Hooks takes a deep dive into the RAF’s then new C-130K

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When the RAF flew two Chipmunks around the world

It was the ultimate celebration of the DHC Chipmunk: an around-the-world flight by the RAF. A quarter of a century on, we recall Exercise ‘Northern Venture’ — strange fuels, wild horses, Russian extortion and more…