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  • £100m F-35 fighter jet crashed into the Med while taking off from HMS Queen Elizabeth because the cheap rain cover hadn't been taken off properly, investigators fear

    11/24/2021 7:18:58 AM PST · by DFG · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/23/2021 | Lauren Lewis
    Investigators fear a £100million F-35 fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean while taking off because the cheap rain covers had not been taken off properly. Officials believe the rain cover was sucked into the F-35B Lightning II stealth plane's engine as it took off from the flight deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, forcing the pilot to eject. Naval personnel reported seeing the cover floating in the sea nearby Britain's flagship aircraft carrier after the accident in the Mediterranean on Sunday. Sources said the RAF pilot realised the issue and tried to abort take-off but was unable to stop the...
  • The WWII Bomber pilot who survived 'unsurvivable' crash AND the Great Escape: RAF hero saw his comrades executed for infamous breakout after being shot down over Nazi Germany

    10/28/2021 5:18:37 PM PDT · by Scarlett156 · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/28/2021 | James Gant
    The son of a Bomber Command pilot whose plane exploded in a fireball in Nazi Germany has revealed his father's incredible story of survival during the war. Gerald Sherwood, 80, from St Austell, Cornwall, told how Wing Commander John 'Flap' Sherwood took part in a daring mission before being captured in his new book. He also highlighted how the RAF hero was chucked in Stalag Luft III - the Luftwaffe-run prisoner of war camp made famous by the Great Escape.
  • REVEALED: How elite SAS troops launched dramatic operation to save 20 comrades trapped by advancing Taliban hordes as Kandahar fell - landing a Hercules plane on the desert floor in pitch darkness in 'textbook' raid

    08/22/2021 11:56:48 PM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    A team of Special Air Service soldiers who were surrounded by Taliban hordes in Kandahar have been rescued in a dramatic desert operation. Around 20 elite SAS troops were left stranded in the province hundreds of miles from friendly forces when the militants took over. As enemy fighters closed in they sent an SOS request to Special Forces bosses back in Britain calling for immediate extraction....
  • Royal Air Force Embraces Gender Neutral Pronouns, ‘Airman’ Becomes ‘Air-Per’

    10/22/2020 6:30:53 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 22 2020 | JACK MONTGOMERY
    Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) is embracing gender-neutral pronouns such as ‘Ze’, ‘Per’, and ‘Hir’ to become “fit for the 21st century.” The 102-year-old air force told that it “actively promotes diversity and inclusion throughout its ranks in a number of ways” and that the “open and transparent sharing of chosen pronouns is one way we can be an inclusive employer.” The charges mean, according to, that from now on “a Leading Aircraftman could be referred to as a Leading Aircraft-Per,” for example.
  • The forgotten hero of the Battle of Britain: How ridiculed WWII RAF fighter plane was far deadlier than it was ever given credit for, claims new book

    05/26/2020 10:03:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 25, 2020 | Dominique Hines
    A World War II aircraft which was sent to a museum in 1944 was far deadlier than its reputation suggests, according to a historian. The Boulton Paul Defiant had a Rolls Royce Merlin engine - just like the acclaimed Spitfire and Hurricane - but it also had a second seat with a machine gun turret for blasting enemy bombers out of the sky. When it was first introduced into service, Luftwaffe pilots initially mistook the aircraft for a Hurricane and would attempt to roll in behind the aircraft to shoot it down only to be faced by its deadly Browning...
  • Irishman is now sole survivor of Winston Churchill’s second World War “Few”

    05/17/2020 4:03:49 PM PDT · by bitt · 35 replies
    irishtimes ^ | 5/10/2020 | Ronan McGreevy
    Dubliner John Hemingway (100) fought in the Battle of Britain Irishman John Hemingway is now the last of the second World War “Few” who fought in the Battle of Britain still alive. It follows the death in a Yorkshire care home of Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark (101) on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on Thursday. The “Few” were so called by Britain’s wartime prime minister Winston Churchill in reference to the 3,000 men from the Royal Air Force (RAF) who repulsed the German Luftwaffe during the summer and autumn of 1940 and prevented...
  • Into the inferno: Families boiled alive as they hid in water tanks and fleeing survivors trapped in molten tarmac... 75 years on, the most horrifically vivid account you'll ever read of the Allied bombing of Dresden – by a British PoW who saw it all

    02/13/2020 7:17:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 205 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2020 | Victor Gregg and Risk Stroud
    During the final months of World War II, from February 13 to 15, 1945, Allied forces bombed the ancient, cathedral city of Dresden, in eastern Germany. The bombing was controversial because Dresden's contribution to the war effort was minimal compared with other German cities — though it was a key transport junction and used by German forces to defend the country against Soviet forces approaching from the east. Before the huge air raid, it had not suffered a major Allied attack. By February 15, however, it was a smouldering ruin — 2,400 tons of high explosives and 1,500 tons of...
  • Air Force Thunderbirds to Join Royal Air Force Red Arrows, F-35s & F-22s in Historic Aerial

    08/21/2019 9:05:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 34 replies
    Air Force Thunderbirds to Join Royal Air Force Red Arrows, F-35s & F-22s in Historic Aerial Parade over the Hudson River Six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will join the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, a formation of F-35A Lightning IIs and a formation of F-22 Raptors during an aerial parade over the Hudson River at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Viewers can expect to see multiple iconic aircraft formations flying by the Manhattan skyline in a sequenced display of teamwork and airmanship. A 6-ship Thunderbird Delta...
  • Once-mighty RAF is disintegrating: One-third of British warplanes not ready for prime time

    01/15/2019 12:54:52 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 31 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 1/15/19 | USA Features
    A report in British media is claiming that the Royal Air Force, which saved the country from Nazi invasion in 1940, is not ready for full-on combat should another war break out in Europe. The Daily Mirror reports that one-third of British RAF planes were either in storage or in maintenance as the air service celebrated its 100th year in existence. Quoting the Defense Ministry, the news site said that aircraft have been mothballed and taken out of front-line service for periods of time because they need repairs and upgrades.
  • Tornado: The Fighter Leaving Service After 40 Years

    01/11/2019 6:27:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Forces Network, UK ^ | January 11, 2019
    The Tornado has launched hundreds of airstrikes on so-called Islamic State in the Middle East (Picture: MOD). Built more than 40 years ago to fight a nuclear war, the RAF's primary ground attack platform is due to be retired from service by March 2019. The Tornado can also conduct intelligence gathering missions and is armed with a variety of Paveway bombs, Brimstone air-to-air missiles and Storm Shadow cruise missiles. The aircraft also possesses an Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) for defensive purposes. When deployed in an armed reconnaissance or close air support role, it would usually be armed with...
  • Harry Leslie Smith: War veteran has died

    11/28/2018 8:02:26 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | November 28, 2018 | BBC News
    A World War Two veteran who grew up in poverty and described himself as the "world's oldest rebel" has died. The son of RAF veteran and author Harry Leslie Smith tweeted to say his father had died while visiting him in Canada. The son of a miner, Mr Smith lived through the Great Depression and joined the RAF in 1941, serving in World War Two.
  • UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet to replace Typhoon

    07/16/2018 7:22:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 Jul 2018 | Rob Davies
    A model of the Tempest jet fighter, unveiled by the defence secretary, Gavin Wiliamson, at the Farnborough airshow. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has unveiled plans for a new RAF fighter jet, the Tempest, which will eventually replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. Speaking at the Farnborough airshow, Williamson unveiled a model of the sixth-generation fighter jet the Ministry of Defence (MoD) expects to emerge from its new combat air strategy, designed to maintain the UK’s status as a so-called “tier one” military power after Brexit. “This is a strategy to keep control of the air, both at...
  • Thousands line The Mall as ONE HUNDRED aircraft take to the skies above London in historic [tr]

    07/10/2018 6:02:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10,.2018 | Alexander Robertson
    The largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory formed in the skies above London today as the Royal Air Force marks its centenary year. Up to 100 jets, helicopters and aeroplanes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over Buckingham Palace as the Queen and others, including the Fab Four of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate, watched on from the royal balcony. Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the iconic fly-past, which included some of the most iconic aircrafts to take flight during the Second World War, including the Spitfire and the...
  • Opinion: Qatari Typhoon buy looms as an RAF threat

    12/24/2017 8:38:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | December 22, 2017 | The Lina
    Qatar and the UK have signed a contract for the provision of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the Qatari Air Force. This deal takes the total number of countries who will operate Typhoon to nine (UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and now Qatar). The deal marks the conclusion of a significant period of expansion for the Qatari Air Force, which is replacing its 12 old Mirage 2000s with 96 new jets (a mixed fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon, F-15 and Rafale). This is an astonishingly large rate of expansion for a numerically small air force, which already...
  • Number of surviving heroes who fought in Battle of Britain's falls to just eight (TR)

    11/05/2017 7:13:15 AM PST · by DFG · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/05/2017 | Keiran Southern
    They are the last remaining heroes of the glorious Few, whose daring and bravery saved Britain from Nazi tyranny. Of the dwindling band of men, who were part of the near 3,000-strong aircrew who served with the RAF Fighter Command between July 10 and October 31 1940, just eight surviving members of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association remain. Many of the men were still teenagers or in their early 20s when they repelled Hitler's Luftwaffe in what may be the most important battle this country has ever fought.
  • Britain's last surviving Dambuster slams critics of RAF’s WWII tactics (TR)

    10/28/2017 6:57:11 AM PDT · by DFG · 73 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/28/2017 | Rod Ardehali
    One of the last survivors of the Dambuster missions has lashed out at revisionist historians who criticise Britain's tactics of razing German cities to the ground. Johnny Johnson MBE, 95, hit out at historians who were not there at the time, telling them to 'keep your bloody mouth shut,' as he demands bomber crews are finally recognised with a medal. The former bomb aimer for a Lancaster bomber was a part of the top-secret Operation Chastise, that sought to breach dams and flood munitions factories in the Ruhr valley.
  • The greatest Spitfire pilot of all time is Polish (TR)

    09/23/2017 11:12:02 AM PDT · by DFG · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/23/2017 | Sophie Inge
    A Polish war veteran is leading a British poll for the greatest Second World War Spitfire pilot by hundreds of thousands of votes. Franciszek Kornicki, 100, the last surviving Second World War Polish squadron commander, leads the online survey by a whopping 300,000 votes following a viral social media campaign by the UK's Polish community. A member of the high-scoring 303 Squadron during World War II, the war hero famously escorted a group of British bombers over northern France, where he led a daring attack on Nazi warplanes.
  • Civilian pilots set to teach RAF 'top guns' as MoD seeks to plug budget black hole

    08/26/2017 9:34:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 AUGUST 2017
    Civilian pilots could soon be training up the RAF’s “top gun” fliers as the military budget comes under increasing strain. Private defence companies are jostling for position ahead of an expected deal to help develop the skills of pilots flying Britain’s frontline Typhoon fighters. Civilian pilots are understood to be working with the RAF at Coningsby airbase as weapons instructors on the Typhoon, with negotiations taking place about authorisation so they can fly the supersonic military aircraft. Although no contracts have yet been put in place, such an arrangement would help pave the way for an Air Defence and Operational...
  • Retired RAF Tristars Will Get New Lives As Contracted Aerial Refuellers

    08/14/2017 8:33:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | AUGUST 14, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Nearly three years ago to the day I wrote about the Royal Air Force's retired fleet of Lockheed L1011 derived Tristar tankers being put up for sale. With nine aircraft available, some of them already outfitted for the tanker role, and for a very attractive price, the Tristars seemed like a perfect opportunity for a new private aerial refueling contractor to emerge. Now, this is exactly what has happened, with Tempus Applied Solutions of Texas buying six of the Tristars with the intention of entering the contracted aerial refueling market. Tempus Applied Solutions provides a wide range of aerospace products,...
  • You and whose air force? Argentina grounds ALL its jet fighters and will scrap work for pilots ...

    08/11/2017 9:39:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 9 August 2017 | IAIN BURNS
    Argentina has grounded all the fighter jets in its air force - meaning it is being defended by just a few dozen propeller fighters first built in the 1970s. Thirty-five years after the country's military invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, the economically beleaguered South American republic now has a worse air force than it did under dictator Leopoldo Galtieri in 1982. It was confirmed that all of its Lockheed Martin A-4AR Skyhawk jets - which are adaptations of the 1956 fighters it used in the Falklands War - had been grounded as the air force's working hours are cut...