Royal Air Force

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland recalls when He nearly Burned to Death after his Messerschmitt Bf 109 was badly damaged by a RAF Spitfire

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland recalls when He nearly Burned to Death after his Messerschmitt Bf 109 was badly damaged by a RAF Spitfire

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland By far the best-known of Germany’s World War II fighter pilots and air leaders, Lieutenant General… Read More

4 days ago

RAF Controller during Battle of Britain explains why it’s not true that ‘Hurricanes went for the bombers and Spitfires engaged the fighters’

The Messerschmitt Bf 109E during the Battle of Britain As one of the most famous fighting aeroplanes in the history… Read More

1 month ago

The story of how a captured Luftwaffe Fw 190 led to the development of the Spitfire Mk IX, the best close-in fighter of WWII

The capture of an Fw 190 The Fw 190, one of Germany's best fighter airplanes of World War II, made… Read More

2 months ago

RAF Tornado pilot recalls when a Crewless Tonka Flew Away After the Navigator Ejected Himself and his Pilot from Their perfectly Serviceable Aircraft

The Panavia Tornado Development of the Tornado began in 1968, when the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy initiated a… Read More

2 months ago

The day Göring asked German aviation engineers to build the Mosquito: when Reich Marshal went mad because ‘The Wooden Wonder’ attacked Berlin on 10th anniversary of the Nazi Party

The de Havilland Mosquito The hugely versatile and high-performance DH98 Mosquito was unquestionably de Havilland’s greatest contribution to the success of the RAF in the Second… Read More

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 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

6 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

7 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

7 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

8 months ago