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Lightnings Strike Twice!

One new Royal Navy aircraft carrier, two air forces, 15 F-35B Lightnings and 29 pilots took part in a fascinating North Sea deployment in October 2020

Stunning images reflect UK defence ops in 2020

As 2020 ended, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a number of stunning images to reflect the day-to-day operations that occurred throughout the year

Meggitt secures RAF Typhoon radome contract

UK-based aerospace, defence and energy specialist, Meggitt, announced on November 10 that it has won a £4.2m contract to develop and deliver a new radome for the UK’s Eurofighter Typhoon fleet

UK’s first Protector RPAS takes flight

On September 25, the first Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) took to the skies for its maiden flight in the US

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The Five Greatest RAF Squadrons

Some are famous for their heroic exploits in World War 2, others have histories dating back well into the 19th Century – and some are still operating today…

When the RAF Vampire became a record-breaker

On July 14 1948, six Vampires overcame 150mph headwinds, Icelandic sea fog and the US Air Force to set a new standard for jet aircraft. Chris Croot recalls the story…

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Why Boris Johnson’s Jet Cost £900,000 to Paint

Yesterday, the aircraft that is used to transport the UK prime minister and other government officials was rolled out of the paint shop and revealed to the world for the first time. But how are aircraft painted and why did it cost £900,000?

D-Day: Aerial Armada

Graham Pitchfork describes the massive airborne assault that paved the way for D-Day

The ‘Dambusters’ on VE-Day

A peek inside the operations record book for the RAF's No617 Squadron on 8th May 1945...

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The RAF in Asia: To war with a vengeance

Former air gunner Bob Harvey spent much of the war in the back seat of a Vultee Vengeance...