Royal Air Force (RAF)

UK welcomes delivery of additional F-35B Lightning IIs

The UK has taken delivery of an additional two Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs, growing the number of examples of the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter delivered to date to 32 aircraft

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The Hercules in RAF service: the final 25 years

Following this month’s retirement of the RAF’s Hercules fleet, Mick Britton concludes his two-part retelling of the type’s illustrious 56-year career

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The Hercules in RAF service: the first 25 years

The Royal Air Force has now ended its 56-year association with the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Mick Britton details the first quarter century of the type’s illustrious RAF career in the first of two parts

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Building 27: Keeping history alive

Among the RAF’s most prized possessions, Building 27 at Northolt isthe subject of a mammoth restoration. FlyPast’s Jamie Ewan caught up with Phil Dawe MBE, the ambitious project’s driving force

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RAF C-130J Hercules farewell tour + watch final Mach Loop pass

Three RAF C-130Js performed a tour of the UK on June 14, flying over locations that have been significant to the Hercules in RAF service

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How the RAF's first front-line Lightning pilots joined the 'thousand-mile an hour club'

Remembering the early days with the legendary English Electric fighter

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Inside the final days of 47 Sqn as RAF C-130J retirement looms

The RAF is in the process of bidding a fond farewell to two very iconic components of its airlift organisation this June: No 47 Squadron – which was formally deactivated on June 8 – and the Hercules C4/C5 fleet. Khalem Chapman visited RAF Brize Norton in late May to find out how the drawdown efforts are going and how the C-130J will be missed by those closest to it

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Luck or judgment? How RAF Mosquitos hit the Gestapo in Aarhus

The Aarhus raid by No 140 Wing’s Mosquitos — targeting Gestapo facilities in the Danish city — was a notable strategic success and a fine feat of airmanship. But its achievements owed something to good fortune as well

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The Dambusters Today

Based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, 617 Squadron will remain as the UK’s frontline F-35B Lightning unit until 809 Naval Air Squadron stands up later this year. Officer Commanding 617 Sqn, Wing Commander Stew Campbell has a unique perspective on the 80th anniversary year, having been involved in the 70th anniversary commemorations in 2013.

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Dambusters in depth: The history of 617 Squadron

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters famous raid, in the May 2013 issue of FlyPast, Andrew Thomas examined the heritage of 617 Squadron – arguably the most famous RAF unit of them all