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A study on teamwork and leadership skills exhibited by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.

For my Broadcast Journalism dissertation, I was tasked with writing a research study regarding the topic theme I had chosen to lead with on my documentary film. I decided to write a study on the teamwork and leadership styles employed… Continue Reading →

Combat aircraft arrive in Switzerland for fighter jet replacement bid

Fighter aircraft have begun to descend on Switzerland to compete in the nation’s “Air 2030” programme, which will see the winner replace the Swiss Air Force’s ageing Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18C/D Hornet and Northrop F-5E Tiger II fleets. The… Continue Reading →

Italian government cancels P.1HH Hammerhead MALE UAV order

The Italian government has cancelled its order for eight Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles, but may order more P-180 Avanti II’s to help save the Italian manufacturer. Italy’s Ministry of Defence placed an order for eight… Continue Reading →

British F-35Bs set to strike on first overseas deployment

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that RAF Marham-based Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II’s will undergo the type’s first overseas deployment to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus later this year. The deployment will be conducted by 617 Squadron, famously… Continue Reading →

Dutch F-16 shoots itself with its own cannon during drills

A Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) was forced to make an emergency landing after the multi-role fighter shot itself with its own cannon. The incident occurred on 21 January 2019, however, reports… Continue Reading →

Royal Air Force Texan T.1 completes first flight at RAF Valley

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has conducted the first test flight of its new advanced training aircraft, the Beechcraft T-6C Texan T.1 at RAF Valley, Anglesey, in preparation for the fleet to take over from the Shorts Tucano T.1 in… Continue Reading →

RAF Typhoon FGR.4s deploy Brimstone in combat for the first time

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has announced that it’s Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 multi-role fighters, currently deployed as part of Operation Shader in the Middle East, have fired the Brimstone air-to-surface missile in combat for the first time. The mission saw… Continue Reading →

Royal Air Force ceases Tornado combat operations

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has recalled its final Tornado ground attack aircraft from combat operations in preparation for its retirement. The Tornado flew its last operational sortie out of RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 5 February 2019, where deployed aircraft… Continue Reading →

Typhoon and Super Hornet shortlisted for German Tornado replacement

The German Defence Ministry has shortlisted its options to two aircraft, with one of them going on to take-over the role of the Luftwaffe’s Panavia Tornado ECR/IDS fleet, which currently sits at roughly 85-90 aircraft. On 31 January 2019, German… Continue Reading →

The Royal Air Force and the Panavia Tornado – Going out Fighting!

As I begin writing this feature, there is a little over two months remaining of the Panavia Tornado’s long illustrious operational career with the Royal Air Force (RAF), spanning almost 40 years. However, on 31 March 2019, the variable-sweep wing… Continue Reading →

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