Royal Air Force

These Are The Faces Of The Men That Won The Battle Of Britain

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK

For close to four months, the Battle of Britain raged above the British Isles. In July 1940, and having decisively won the Battle of France, Germa...

With Our Unending Gratitude for the Few

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

As the nation commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this week and we honour those RAF veterans who, as Churchill said, "cast a glittering shield" to protect Great Britain, the RAF Benevolent Fund and its generous supporters worldwide have rallied in support the RAF family.

RAF Jets Scrambled Again Over Encroaching Russian 'Blackjack' Aircraft

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK

Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland intercepted two Russian “Blackjack” aircraft on Thursday. According to the Ministry of Defence, the ...

VJ Day; Remembering the Bravery and Sacrifice 70 Years On

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

The 70th anniversary of VJ Day allows us as a nation the opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms today and to share their stories for future generations to hear.

Typhoons Dispatched After NATO Holds Exercises 100 Miles From Russia

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK

RAF Typhoons based in Estonia were dispatched three times in the past 24 hours to intercept Russian jets flying close to NATO military exercises in th...

RAF Typhoons Intercept Russian Planes... Again

PA | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK

RAF Typhoons have intercepted and shadowed two Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it has been disclosed.The jets were scrambled from Amari...

UK Jets Intercept Yet More Russian Bombers Heading Towards Britain

PA | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK

Two Typhoon fighter jets were launched from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept Russian bombers heading towards the UK, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed...

Typhoons Scrambled Yet Again As Russian Planes (And Warships) Approach Britain

PA | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK

Military tensions between the UK and Russia ratcheted up further today after RAF fighter planes were scrambled at the same time as Russian warships we...

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 14.04.2015 | 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 31.03.2015 | 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...