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Life on a RAF Germany Phantom squadron

… on the front line demanded an allied presence. Former RAF Phantom pilot Al Munro gives a taste of his Battle Flight … – and even a divorce party For Battle Flight sorties, RAF Phantom FGR.2s carried four Sparrow missiles, as many … annual. We deployed maybe one third of the squadron to RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales to fire missiles. There was at the …

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RAF aircrew training – the problems and way ahead

… The RAF’s training system has been the topic of countless news … best instructors were stretched to meet. Competition among RAF applicants and student pilots was fierce, and the RAF … oversaw the Search and Rescue Training Unit (SARTU) at Valley, using the Griffin HT.Mk 1 and a flight at Middle …

A Hawk of No 1 Tactical Weapons Unit firing a salvo of 68mm unguided rockets from a Sneb pod. Article

Step Back in Time – 1980 Hawk Flight and Tactical Training at RAF Brawdy

… from the January 1981 issue of Aeroplane Monthly , of RAF fast jet training from a time when the air force was … force … The Tornado GR1/4 gained legendary status in the RAF and it is enthralling to read how this affected the fast … pilots who had completed their advanced training at 4 FTS Valley, to give them a lead into the next step of an …

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RAF fast-jet training problems branded ‘farcical’ by new report

… An engine fault on the RAF’s Hawk T2 advanced jet trainers has caused substantial … than seven-fold, from seven to 51. During our visit to RAF Marham [in Norfolk], home to the F-35 fleet, we met … on pilot training over the next three years: 15 RAF pilots will be trained on the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot …

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WATCH: RAF rehearse for King’s Coronation flypast

… The skies above RAF Cranwell were alive with a wide variety of aircraft … Wildcat and Merlin from the Commando Helicopter Force. The RAF rotary contribution consisted of a Chinook and a Puma. … of the flypast, the route of which passed over the famous RAF College building. A fixed-wing training aircraft segment …

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What it was like to be an RAF Jaguar squadron boss

… a big challenge, without a shadow of a doubt. Bob Judson’s RAF career ·         Joined the RAF: December 28, 1980 ·         Officer training: December … 1981 ·         Flying training (RAF Linton-on-Ouse; RAF Valley; RAF Brawdy; RAF Lossiemouth): June 1981 – March 84 …

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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. The three-ship left RAF Brize Norton at … were the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, RAF Valley on Anglesey, Belfast International Airport/Joint …

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RAF pilot reveals strengths and weaknesses of the SEPECAT Jaguar

… matter – it was a great force to be part of. Bob Judson’s RAF career ·         Joined the RAF: December 28, 1980 ·         Officer training: December … 1981 ·         Flying training (RAF Linton-on-Ouse; RAF Valley; RAF Brawdy; RAF Lossiemouth): June 1981 – March 84 …

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RAF Jaguar pilot recounts operations over Iraq and Bosnia

… re-tasked those missions got quite lengthy. Bob Judson’s RAF career ·         Joined the RAF: December 28, 1980 ·         Officer training: December … 1981 ·         Flying training (RAF Linton-on-Ouse; RAF Valley; RAF Brawdy; RAF Lossiemouth): June 1981 – March 84 …

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RAF Hawk T2s to fly rare weekend sorties

RAF Valley has recently announced there will be Hawk T2 sorties … The Hawk T2s, operated by IV and XXV (F) Squadrons, at RAF Valley on Anglesey were grounded in January this year for a …

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How the Cold War RAF evaluated new aircraft or tactics

… father, a staff officer at Fighter Command, on a visit to RAF Duxford. I had a wonderful time and, courtesy of the Air … now a part of the Central Fighter Establishment (CFE) at RAF West Raynham, Norfolk. The RAF had set up the CFE in 1945 … the Meteor, stemming from my initial jet conversion at Valley where we did dual in Meteor T7s up to the point where …

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Inside the first year of Qatari Hawk operations at RAF Leeming

… is operating Hawks in its new training establishment at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire. Derek Bower explains why How … to fly the QEAF Typhoons to the UK where they joined the RAF aircrew training programme, initially at Lincolnshire’s … then on to No 4 Flying Training School (4 FTS) at RAF Valley, Wales, following the same flying training syllabus as …

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RAF grounds entire Hawk T2 fleet after engine fault

… The Royal Air Force (RAF) has grounded its BAE Systems Hawk T2 fast-jet training … one aircraft suffered an engine failure on the runway at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales. It is understood that the …

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RAF Hawk T2 issues see just two fast-jet pilots graduate in six months

… Only two Royal Air Force (RAF) fast-jet student pilots graduated in the first half of … hours on the BAE Systems Hawk T2 training aircraft at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales, has been significantly …

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How the RAF nearly kept the Phantom

… Phinale’ went the oft-used description in 1992, as the RAF prepared to retire its Phantom FGR2 fleet. But, behind … It may now be nearly three decades since the former RAF Wattisham was handed over to the Army Air Corps, but in … squadrons at Akrotiri, Cyprus, a missile practice camp at Valley and the ‘Elder Forest’ air defence exercise. …