RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Russian Blackjacks while they were in the UK area of interest. (Image: Crown Copyright 2020)
Military

Russians probe UK air defences for 3rd time in 6 days

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has launched Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) to intercept Russian military aircraft for 3rd time in six days. The previous two encounters this week all involved Russian Tu-142 Bear Aircraft but today’s encounter was a pair of Tu-160 Blackjacks. The Tu-160 Blackjack is Russias long-range supersonic [read more]

Image shows the first RAF P-8A Poseidon taxiing at NAS Jacksonville after being delivered to the RAF as the first P-8A Poseidon. © Crown copyright 2019
Military

UK takes delivery of first RAF Poseidon MRA1

The UK’s Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the first Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Boeing P-8 Poseidon MRA1 submarine hunter. ZP801 is the first of nine state-of-the-art maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft which will help the UK track hostile maritime objects as well as supporting the UK’s continuous at-sea [read more]

RAF Red Arrows Synchro Break (Image: Aviation Media Agency)
Air Safety

Fatigue contributed to Red Arrows fatal crash

An inquiry has found that fatigue and reduced situational awareness contributed to the crash of a Red Arrows BAe Hawk at RAF Valley last year in which an engineer was killed. The Special Inquiry Panel found that Flight Lieutenant David Stark, who survived the accident, had a daily routine that [read more]