Lockheed Martin F35 Lighting II
Military

617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron is reformed for F35

617 squadron,  which was immortalised in the Dambusters film, has been reformed to fly the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) latest front-line aircraft, the F35 Lightning II. Disbanded in 2014, 617 Squadron has primarily been a ground attack and reconnaissance squadron and became a household name when, in 1943, they carried out Operation [read more]

RAF Tristar Aircraft
England

US Company buys up ex-RAF Tristars

US Company Tempus Applied Solutions has agreed a deal to purchase six ex-RAF Lockheed L1011 Tristar KC1’s & K1s The ex-RAF tankers, which are currently located at Bruntingthorpe, are 3 x KC1s ex ZD948, 950, 951 and 953 and 2 x K1s ex ZE704 & 905. Four of these aircraft [read more]

RAF T-6C Texan
Military

First T-6C Texan trainers arrive at RAF Valley

The first two Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers for the Royal Air Force (RAF) have arrived at RAF Valley today. The aircraft will be used to train future fast-jet pilots under the UK Military Flying Training System (Military Flying Training System) and are supplied and maintained by Affinity Flying Training [read more]

RAF Hawk T2 (Image: Flt Lt Paul Heasman RAF/MOD)
General Aviation

RAF Valley move Hawks to Llanbedr Airfield

The Royal Air Force has confirmed that Hawk T2 aircraft from RAF Valley will operate at Llanbedr Airfield between the 7th and 11th August. The aircraft, from RAF Valley’s 4(R) Squadron, will operate from Llanbedr to avoid noise over the National Eisteddfod of Wales which is being held on Anglesey. A spokesperson [read more]

BAe 146 ZE701 (Image: Mark Harkin/Wikicommons CC.2)
Cardiff Airport News

Theresa May flies into Cardiff Airport

UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrived at Cardiff Airport at around 09:20 this morning on-board an RAF BAe 146 aircraft. Mrs May arrived in Wales to meet with the leaders of the devolved nations. First Ministers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be attending the event to discuss plans [read more]

Stand 7 from the flight deck of A400M ZM406
Cardiff Airport News

When an A400M is at Cardiff Airport…

It’s always nice to see something different at Cardiff Airport and when the RAF’s latest transport plane drops in as a weather diversion its always a bonus. Especially when we got the view from inside the next day! Designed to replace the Lockheed C130 Hercules, The Airbus A400M “Atlas” is [read more]

The Red Arrows in Diamond Nine (Image: Aviation Media Agency)
Features

Red One on why trust has to be earned

The leader of the RAF’s Red Arrows display team David Montenegro, better known as “Red One”  recently sat down to talk about why rank doesn’t  engender trust, it has to be earned. You lead the formation. What exactly does that entail? David Montenegro: I have the glory of being able [read more]