Royal Air Force (RAF)

Externally similar to the Venom 2, except for its inset tailplane and symmetrical radome, the N.F.3 has powered ailerons of increased chord and many other refinements to improve both flying and servicing characteristics. Feature Premium

Behind the scenes of an RAF Venom squadron in 1955

‘The Aeroplane’ visited RAF Waterbeach to see 253 Squadron operating the Venom N.F.2 all-weather fighter and published its report in the December 23, 1955 issue

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Operation Pedestal: the incredible mission to resupply Malta

With 2022 marking the 80th anniversary of Operation Pedestal, Joseph Galea Debono details the incredible operation to resupply the Mediterranean island of Malta

The two VC10s on the final air-to-air refuelling mission perform a flypast at their home base of RAF Brize Norton.  Mark Kwiatkowski Feature Premium

Last days of the VC10

After 47 years of service the RAF retired the Vickers/BAC VC10 from service, as reported in the November 2013 issue of Aviation News

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The dramatic role of RAF Hurricanes in the Battle of El Alamein

This year marks the 80th anniversary of World War Two’s pivotal Battle of El Alamein in North Africa. Andrew Thomas reflects on the dramatic role played by Hawker Hurricane ‘tank busters’ from the RAF’s 6 Squadron

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How will Tempest push the UK further into the digital air combat age?

AirForces Monthly explores the key digital characteristics of Tempest, the UK’s next-generation combat aircraft

No 203 AFS at Driffield, Yorkshire, trained many National Service pilots. It put up this formation of three Meteor T7s during 1949. AEROPLANE Feature Premium

When conscripts flew RAF fighters

The days when National Service pilots flew RAF jet fighters are understandably long gone, but memories remain strong – not least amongst those who piloted Meteors

A June 1941, and thus pre-delivery, image of Mosquito PRI W4051. The first such production example, this was the aircraft flown by Fg Off Victor Ricketts with observer Sgt Boris Lukhmanoff on post-strike reconnaissance following the attack on the Billancourt factory. VIA ANDREW THOMAS Feature Premium

Bomber Command raid on Renault plant

Bomber Command’s raid against the Renault works at Billancourt on 3 March 1942 was a pivotal one for several reasons. Not only did it see the first application of new operational techniques under Arthur Harris, but post-strike reconnaissance brought to the fore the outstanding qualities of the new de Havilland Mosquito

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Inside the UK MOD’s New Medium Helicopter Programme

The UK is preparing to divest four legacy rotorcraft fleets, replacing them with a single solution under the MOD’s New Medium Helicopter programme. AirForces Monthly details the competition so far and explore the candidates on offer

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100 Squadron: The final year of RAF ADAIR Hawk ops

No 100 Squadron laid down its sword as an operational RAF unit on March 24. AirForces Monthly reports on the final year of the unit’s Hawk T1 adversary air operations

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'We crashed into a minefield': RAF Canberra navigator recounts crash

Former RAF Canberra navigator John Hyde recalls the time his jet suffered a double engine failure after dark in the tale of a rumble seat, a very annoyed officer, and a mine field!