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That time a Royal Navy Sea Harrier did an emergency landing on a Spanish Cargo ship: the Alraigo Incident
Ian "Soapy" Watson, the Sea Harrier pilot, had completed only 75 per cent of the recommended flying hours. On Jun. 7, 1983 Royal Navy Sea Harrier ZA176 performed an emergency landing aboard Cargo Ship Alraigo. The news footage in this post features the recovery of Sea Harrier ZA176 and Sub-Lt Ian Watson after...
Video shows F-35B performing first Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing 
Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing allows the F-35B to carry heavier loads back aboard the warship Taken on Oct. 14, 2018 the interesting video in this post shows an F-35B performing a Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL) method for the first time aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth. This approach to land allows the jet to carry heavier loads back aboard the warship. According to...
Cool photos show RN and RAF F-35 pilots conducting first night flying trials off HMS Queen Elizabeth
HMS Queen Elizabeth has been kitted out with specially-designed LED lighting on her flight deck to aid night time landings Taken on Oct. 3, 2018 the amazing pictures in this post show Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Test Pilots conducting the first night flying trials off the United Kingdom’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The trials included state-of-the-art night-vision technology,...
Four British F-35Bs to arrive home next month
Two Royal Navy and two RAF pilots will be at the controls of the F-35Bs for the transatlantic flight F-35Bs will soon be a common sight at RAF Marham in East Anglia from next month onwards as four aircraft will be transferred from the U.S. According the Royal Navy, the Norfolk air base will be the home of the Lightning Force...
First two T-6C Texan training aircraft arrive at RAF Valley
The two advanced T-6C turboprops are part of a planned fleet of 10 that is set to deliver Basic Flying Training at RAF Valley for RAF and Royal Navy pilots from 2019 A milestone was reached on Feb. 16, 2018 at Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley, with the arrival of two brand new T-6C Texan training aircraft. The two advanced...
The story of how Argentine Air Force Dagger fighters severely damaged HMS Ardent during the Falklands War
“It was a Sea Harrier going for Captain Robles’ aircraft. Almost simultaneously I saw fire in my mirror and immediately I felt the impact of a missile in my Dagger, which remained without controls," 1st Lieutenant Luna, Argentine Air Force A risky anti-ship mission conducted by the Argentinian Dagger fighters during the Falklands War. On Apr. 2, 1982 the Argentine Navy and thousands...
The story of a tense CAP flown by two Royal Navy Sea Harrier fighters during the Falklands War
The Sea Harrier was dubbed by Argentine pilots “La Muerta Negra” (The Black Death) because of its Extra Dark Sea Grey colour scheme which made it very difficult to spot over land or sea The story of a tense combat air patrol sortie flown by two Royal Navy Sea Harrier fighters during Operation Sutton. Royal Navy Sea Harriers proved their worth...
UK's F-35B completes ski-ramp trials and is now cleared for takeoff from HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier
"The launch of the F-35s from the HMS Queen Elizabeth is a once in a generation historical event. To be the first to fly off the carrier, to have a front row seat, would be an absolute privilege," Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, F-35 Integrated Test Force The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen...
U.S. Navy F/A-18s fly above HMS Queen Elizabeth
The U.S. and U.K. co-hosted carrier strike group exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 to demonstrate interoperability and capability to respond to crises and deter potential threats Taken on Aug. 5, 2017 the interesting photos in this post show an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, bottom, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the...
The U.K. weapons used for the test were the AIM-132 ASRAAM short-range, infrared-guided missile and Paveway IV precision-guided bomb. The 461st Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) recently conducted weapon delivery accuracy tests with two U.K. weapons. The weapons were released from a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B Lightning II, short takeoff/vertical landing variant, which will also be used by the U.K's Royal...

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