Derek Bower

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Inside the first year of Qatari Hawk operations at RAF Leeming

The Qatar Emiri Air Force is operating Hawks in its new training establishment at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire. Derek Bower explains why

12 Squadron deploy on World Cup policing duties

In what the UK MOD describe as Project Thariyat, 12 Squadron, the joint RAF/Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) based at RAF Coningsby, have now deployed eight RAF Typhoons and around 200 personnel to Dukhan-Tamim Air Base in Qatar for Air policing duties

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Identity revealed for joint QEAF-British Hawk unit

In a ceremony at RAF Leeming on November 24, it was announced that the QEAF-British Hawk training squadron being established at the Yorkshire base will be known as 11 Squadron (Qatar)

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Tucano Farewell Part I - Calling time on the ‘Tin Can’

For the Royal Air Force, 2019 sees the retirement of two very different but equally important aircraft types. The Tornado GR4 bowed out in March, while the Shorts Tucano T1 is now into its last months of operation. Derek Bower charts the history of the aircraft that helped to train most of today’s RAF frontline fast jet pilots.

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Typhoon over Oman

In an AFM exclusive, Derek Bower travelled to the Gulf to witness...

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OMANI TYPHOONS ON DELIVERY

FOLLOWING THE MAY 15 off cial presentation to Sultanate of Oman...