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Operation Magic Carpet and the Story of the British Mercenary Pilots who Flew Saudi Lightning Interceptors
Mercenary pilots were originally offered £4,000 annually, a considerable sum of money in 1966; later on they got £10,000! British mercenary pilots flew Saudi Lightnings. Following lengthy negotiation in January 1966 Saudi Arabia signed a contract worth US$154 million with the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) and Airwork Services Ltd (UK),...
Black Buck 6 and ACME Missions: a quick look at British operations on Latin American soil during the Falklands War
The spotlight was thrown on Chile's cooperation with the UK when, on May 18, Westland Sea King ZA290 carrying an SAS team landed in the country during a reconnaissance mission for an upcoming covert mission. During the Malvinas/Falklands War between Argentina and the UK in 1982, there were two British operations on Latin...
Iraqi MiG-29 Pilot Explains how he was able to Shoot Down a RAF Tornado during Operation Desert Storm
“I manoeuvred the aircraft to be behind and above them, I selected R-60MK heat-seeking missile and a HUD symbology appeared (ER) which means target acquired and I fired,” Capt. Jameel Sayhood, IrAF MiG-29 Pilot. The MiG-29, known as the Fulcrum in the west, became both one of the Soviet Air Force’s main fighter types...
Shocking video shows Avro Vulcan VX770 disintegrating during fast pass at RAF Syerston in 1958
The tragic loss of Avro Vulcan VX770 at Syerston in September 1958 was caused by a simple case of over-exuberance, flying the aircraft beyond its designation limitations. The shocking video in this post shows the tragic loss of Avro Vulcan VX770 at RAF Syerston in September 1958. Noteworthy the Vulcan...
Project E and the cooperation between SAC and Bomber Command during the Cold War
Although SAC had 380 B-52s and 1,367 B-47s by the end of 1958, compared with Britain's three V-Bombers, it is worth noting that Bomber Command's contribution to the Allied counter air offensive plans was out of all proportion to the relative size of the SAC and RAF forces. The strong working relationship between...
Exercise Tri-Lightning: for the first time ever, F-35s from three nations operate together
Exercise Tri-Lightning is a demonstration of the interoperability between the U.S., U.K., and Israel using the F-35A, F-35B, and F-35I respectively. Taken on Jun. 25,  2019 although not easy to see because of the standard F-35 colour scheme the interesting picture in this post shows F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft from three nations (U.S.,...
The story of the RAF Canberra that nearly crashed during a mock dogfight with PAF F-104s
"I decided to play a game and hard turned into the F-104s. Too late I remembered that the 100 series Avons fitted to the Canberra didn't like that sort of treatment,” `Boz' Robinson, former RAF Canberra pilot. The English Electric Canberra was the RAF's first ever jet bomber and proved to be Britain's most durable...
Red Arrows Leader remembers the moment he ejected after a crash landing in a Harrier in 2009
"The 10 year challenge? 14 May '09 pivotal moment in my flying career. Have made no secret of involvement in terrifying incident in KAF,” Martin Pert, Red Arrows Leader. Martin Pert, current "Red 1", the team Leader of the UK’s Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team Red Arrows, posted the following:
Airbus brings two RAF Typhoons to Payerne Air Base and aims to win competition for next Swiss Air Force Fighter
As Airbus spokesman told to The Aviation Geek Club, the jets were British because the RAF has Tranche 3 Typhoons, the newest configuration of the European multi-role fighter aircraft. Switzerland kicked off the fly competition for the five types of combat aircraft under consideration (Eurofighter Typhoon, the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, the...
Tornado: To the Last: Listen to the Powerful piece of music released to celebrate almost 40 Years of Service by the Tonka
RAF Museum and the Services Sound and Vision Corporation used archive footage to make the video. Named Tornado: To the Last, the cool video in this post is a powerful piece of music composed by Royal Air Force (RAF) Music Services, released to celebrate almost 40 years of service by the Tornado...

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