Royal Air Force

Putin's Bombers Are Risking Collisions With British Civilian Aircraft

PA | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK

An air safety expert has joined former chief of the defence staff in expressing fears that Russian aircraft could collide with civilian aircraft in UK...

Bluster From The Kremlin Over British Minister's Comments

PA | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Politics

Russia has reacted with fury after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned there was a "real and present danger" that Moscow could repeat the tactics ...

Crossing the Falklands for RAF Families

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

The yomp will follow the original route of the Royal Marines 45 Commando group, taking in many of the battlefield scenes. Carrying all their supplies with them, the businessmen, more used to boardrooms than bogs, will spend four nights camping out to complete their challenge.

The Words No Commander Wants to Hear

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

30 January, 2015, marks ten years since Hercules C130K XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all ten crew... I shall never forget their sacrifice.

Russian Ambassador Summoned After Putin's Bombers Fly Close To Bournemouth

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK

The Russian ambassador was summoned after two Russian Tu-95 "Bears" flew close to British airspace, forcing jets from the Royal Air Force to intercept...

Remembering the Christmas Truce, 100 Years On

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

At 19:14 on Christmas Eve we'll be playing the song and calling on the nation to join us as we remember the moment 100 years ago when German and Allied soldiers stepped out of their trenches, shook hands and agreed a truce.

RAF Typhoons Go Supersonic Over Kent To Intercept Antonov Airliner

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK

RAF Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon to intercept a civilian aircraft which was causing concern to air traffic control authorities. The a...

Two More RAF Tornado Fighter Bombers Deployed To Iraq

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK

David Cameron announced the deployment of two more RAF Tornado fighter bombers to join the attacks on Islamic State (IS) militants as he made a surpri...

The Battle of Britain and the Debt We Owe

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

Seventy-four years on, the heroism and sacrifice of these young men is the stuff of legend, romanticised and steeped in patriotism. So often portrayed with the iconic RAF moustache, the majority were probably too young to even have a moustache. Who were these men? How do they remember the Battle of Britain and what became of those who survived the years of war? What happened when they stopped being pilots, stepping out of uniform and back into civilian life?

RAF Winch Sailor To Safety After Yacht Explodes

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK

A sailor was winched to safety from his liferaft by the RAF after an explosion on his yacht caused a major fire and his vessel to sink. The French yac...

Iraq Air Strikes By RAF Jets Favoured By Nearly Half Of Britons

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Some 45% of Britons would back air strikes in Iraq by RAF jets, with 37% opposed to the UK joining the US in launching attacks against Islamic State (...

RAF Doubles Number Of Reaper Drones In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Five new Reaper drones, the most recent addition to the RAF’s arsenal, have started combat operations in Afghanistan, according to the Ministry of D...

Russian Aircraft Intercepted By RAF Typhoons

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK

British fighter planes were scrambled on Tuesday to intercept "multiple Russian aircraft" as part of Nato's on-going mission to police the airspace of...

D-Day From Above: The Stories of RAF Veterans

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

As we remember the D-Day invasion, it is right to honour the brave soldiers, sailors, and 3,500 airmen who sailed the Channel and stormed the beaches. But we must also remember the many thousands of airmen who bravely faced horrendous odds and took to the skies in support of D-Day.

Is This Picture Of British Soldiers Showing 'Understandable Joy'?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK

A top British army commander has reacted to disturbing pictures which appear to show at least one UK serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter. ...

British Serviceman 'Pictured Giving Thumbs-Up' Over Dead Taliban Fighter

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK

Pictures purportedly showing a British serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter have emerged via the website Live Leak. The images were taken in ...

MoD Released Stunning Images Of Russian TU-95 Bear Aircraft That Approached Coast Of Scotland

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK

The Ministry of Defence has released these stunning pictures of the two Russian surveillance planes that were detected off the coast of Scotland on We...

RAF Typhoons Chase Off Two Russian Surveillance Planes Detected Off Coast Of Scotland

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK

UPDATE: 6 Squadron Typhoon Pilot Flt Lt Gary Montgomery said: "We scrambled on 23 April to intercept two unknown aircraft approaching the NATO Air Pol...

This Is What It's Like To Fly With The Red Arrows

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Tech

The Red Arrows have released an utterly insane video showing what it's like to sit in the cockpit during one of their incredible displays. The thre...

A Time to Reflect

Wing Commander Rachael Caston | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Wing Commander Rachael Caston

I'm still driven by the same instincts to be better and to help develop others, but success is not defined in terms of survival anymore. It's not defined by a badge, a rank or a medal; it's about something so much more important than that, something more personal, something intangible.

What is Wrong With Armed Forces Compensation? Everything

Alex Ford | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

One thing would definitely come out of the massive change that is needed, there would be a lot fewer news stories like this one. Because it is not the fact that three women got a compensation payment for injuries sustained whilst marching, it is the fact that they were treated differently to other military personnel that grabs the headlines.

2013 RAF Photographic Competition

The Huffington Post | Tahira Mirza | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK

The Royal Air Force celebrates their annual photographic competition showcasing some truly amazing photographs in operational, military and sports ima...

Aerobatics Photography at Sunderland International Airshow

Stuart Forster | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

Over the summer, airshows are held around the United Kingdom and provide great opportunities to try your hand at photographing aircraft and formation flying. I headed to the country's largest free event of this kind, the Sunderland International Airshow, in order to see what I could capture on camera.

Sonic Booms Over Essex Were Jets Confirms RAF

PA | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK

Sonic booms heard over parts of the UK on Sunday were caused by RAF jets, it has been confirmed. An Essex police spokesman said there were several ...

70 Years on From the Dambuster Raid

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

This week, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the celebrated Dambusters raid, one of the most daring operations carried out by the RAF during WWII.