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]

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]

Jet2 Boeing 737-800 G-JZHH
Air Safety

RAF Jets scramble to intercept Jet2 flight

RAF Typhoon interceptors have been scrambled to intercept a Jet2 flight from Stansted to Dalaman which was being endangered by an unruly passenger. It was originally reported as a Ryanair flight but has since been confirmed as LS1503 which departed Stansted just before 5 pm this evening. The aircraft flew [read more]