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]

A Boeing B-52H lands at RAF Fairford (Image: The Aviation Media Agency.)
Military

US Bombers bound for RAF Fairford

Another flight of the US Air Force’s B52 Heavy Bombers is currently en route to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire according to Global Strike Command. The first aircraft from the Bomber Taskforce mission will arrive from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana later this evening and are understood to be B52-H’s [read more]

A United States Air Force B2 Spirit, currently deployed to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, flies above the English countryside near Dover with two RAF F-35 jets. For the first time, UK F-35 Lightning jets have been conducting integration flying training with the B-2 Spirit stealth bombers of the United States Air Force as part of their deployment to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK. The USAF deployment of the B-2’s from the Bomber Task Force Europe is long-planned. Whilst deployed to the UK the aircraft will conduct a series of training activities in Europe. During this deployment, RAF F-35B Lightning fighters are conducting sorties with the USAF B-2 bombers. Both are 5th generation aircraft and this is the first time that USAF B-2’s have trained with non-US F-35’s. RAF Fairford routinely hosts deployments and exercises by US strategic aircraft. These regular deployments reinforce the US Air Force Europe and the Royal Air Force’s unique and complementary partnership and our collective contribution to NATO. Imagery captured by a USAF Exchange Pilot.
Military

RAF F35’s train with USAF B2 Stealth Bombers

The Royal Air Force’s latest aircraft the F-35B Lightning is being put through its paces alongside the B2-A Spirit Stealth Bomber in the skies around Britain. The United States Air Force (USAF) has deployed 3 B2 Stealth Bombers to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire which in itself is a rare event [read more]

Civil Aviation

First RAF P-8A Poseidon takes flight

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the Royal Air Force has taken its first flight from Renton, Washington. The maritime poatrol aircraft, designated ZP801, took off and underwent a 90-minute test flight from the Boeing factory at Renton during which the aircraft underwent key testing. The aircraft has now moved [read more]

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Civil Aviation

Airbus considering military version of A320neo

Airbus is considering making a military version of the Airbus A320neo commercial airliner. The A320M3A (Modular Multi-Mission Aircraft), as it would be designated, would be offered to air forces looking for a multi-mission aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles. The aircraft would be capable being outfitted with modular roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) payloads [read more]