Royal Air Force

RAF Phantom pilot recalls when he and his navigator grinned at the cameras of a Soviet Il-62 Classic spy plane disguised as an Aeroflot airliner

RAF Phantom pilot recalls when he and his navigator grinned at the cameras of a Soviet Il-62 Classic spy plane disguised as an Aeroflot airliner

The RAF Phantom The Phantom formed a major part of the Royal Air Force’s combat aircraft strength for over twenty… Read More

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RAF Lightning pilot recalls when he flew a solo intercept against a formation of 80 Soviet Tu-95 Bear and Tu-16 Badger Strategic Bombers off the UK Coast

The RAF Lightning The Lightning was the Royal Air Force’s first truly supersonic aircraft and its introduction immediately doubled maximum… Read More

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Footage features Avro Vulcan VX770 disintegrating during fast low pass at RAF Syerston in 1958

The Avro Vulcan The Vulcan was the second of the Royal Air Force’s ‘V bombers’ and like the Valiant and… Read More

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RAF Jaguar pilot recalls when he was shot down by a RAF Phantom interceptor

RAF Jaguar pilot shot down A joint Anglo-French programme serving with the French and Indian air forces as well as… Read More

2 months ago

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when with both engines missing compressor blades from stage eight onwards he was able to land after having experiencing a double engine failure on take-off

The English Electric Lightning Conceived an interceptor to defend the V-Force airfields during the Cold War, the English Electric Lightning… Read More

2 months ago

The Unwelcome Guest: the RAF F-105 exchange pilot who landed at Area 51 and spotted the Top Secret A-12 Blackbird

The A-12 Blackbird at Area 51 Since 1955, America’s most secret aircraft projects have been tested at Area 51, a… Read More

3 months ago

British Secret U-2 operations and the RAF pilots who flew the Dragon Lady on CIA’s behalf during the Cold War

British U-2 operations Although known through authors like Chris Pocock and Paul Lashmar, for many years the UK government consistently… Read More

4 months ago

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when he accelerated to the fighter max speed of Mach 2.2 and zoomed to 87,800 feet establishing the (unofficial) world altitude record of the Lightning

The RAF Lighting interceptor. Conceived an interceptor to defend the V-Force airfields during the Cold War, the English Electric Lightning… Read More

4 months ago

Avro Vulcan Pilot recalls when his bomber was ‘zapped’ with kiwis within the roundels on either side of the nose during New Zealand Ranger

RAF Akrotiri RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, began on Jul. 1, 1955 when the first 30 personnel posted to the ‘Unit’ established… Read More

4 months ago

RAF Harrier GR.7 pilot recalls the recce mission he and his wingman flew above the crash site of two US Army UH-60 Black Hawks shot down in error by two USAF F-15s

The Harrier GR.7 Famous throughout the world as the first jet fighter capable of vertical take-off and landing, the Harrier… Read More

5 months ago

The English Electric Canberra P.12: the story of the RAF all-weather fighter that never was

The RAF English Electric Canberra The Canberra was the first jet-powered bomber to enter service with the Royal Air Force… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the Royal Air Force CF-105 Arrow All-Weather Fighters that Never Were

It was on the basis of the Arrow’s future potential, more than CF-105 then-current design, that it was considered as… Read More

5 months ago

Supersonic Victor! The story of the RAF strategic bomber that dived out of control from 46,000 to 16,000 feet in 20 seconds

After what seemed like a long time (actually about 20 seconds), there was a loud bang from the rear of… Read More

6 months ago