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EUROFIGHTER DA 2 during flight trials in 1999 prior to acceptance.
Two Nimrod R1s of 51 Squadron, based at RAF Waddington, pictured flying in formation.
A Lancaster from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight drops poppies over London during the 50th Anniversary of the VE Day Celebrations in 1995.
Two Dutch Naval Lynx helicopters pictured from the cockpit of a Royal Naval Merlin HM Mk1 helicopter of 829 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Culdrose, during HMS Northumberland’s family day 2005. This image was submitted as part of the Peregrine 06 Photographic Competition.
Two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters from 29 Squadron (foreground), refuel from a VC 10 aircraft while a Tornado jet fighter waits in the background over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.
A Royal Air Force L-1011 Tristar transport aircraft is pictured taking off at an airfield in the Middle East. The Tristar, which is capable of transporting passengers as well as refuelling other aircraft, was operating in the Middle East under 902 Expeditionary Air Wing of the RAF.
A Chinook comes into land firing flares on its approach in Helmand, Afghanistan. The decoys are designed to give a greater heat signature than the engines of the aircraft thus confusing any heat seeking missiles fired from the ground.
A Spitfire from the historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) soars overhead.
Spitfire P7350 (front) flies alongside Hurricane LF363 (back). P7350 (Mk IIa) is the oldest airworthy Spitfire in the world and the only Spitfire still flying to have actually fought in the Battle of Britain.
Two Royal Air Force VC-10 tanker/transport from RAF Brize Norton are pictured flying over Buckingham Palace. .
A Royal Air Force Reaper UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from 39 Squadron, makes its approach to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan following a mission. The aircraft, armed with Paveway bombs and Hellfire missiles, is remotely controlled from Kandahar for takeoff and landing and by British troops in Nevada, USA during the actual sortie.
Harriers from the Joint Force Harrier (JFH) are lined up following a ceremony to mark the retirement of the famous aircraft after 41 years of service.
Air to air shot of a Search and Rescue (SAR) SeaKing helicopter from RAF Valley, during a training sortie in the Snowdon mountains of North Wales.
HMS Monmouth’s Lynx is pictured firing her Defensive Aids Suite (DAS) during an exercise. The DAS is designed to confuse heat seeking missiles by deploying decoys with a greater heat signature than the helicopter itself.
A Royal Air Force Tornado takes off for a sortie, with a RAPTOR imaging pod carried under the aircraft. RAPTOR’s imaging capabilities mean that such missions are a key part of NATO’s intelligence gathering operations. Information on time critical targets is passed by the crew while the mission is still flying; on occasions targets have been struck and destroyed before the RAPTOR missions have landed. Once the flights land, specialists from the RAF’s Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing analyse the images to identify further targets, even those that the Qadhafi regime has attempted to hide.
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft leaves RAF Marham for operations overseas. Tornado GR4 aircraft from RAF Marham and RAF Lossiemouth are currently playing a crucial role in Coalition operations in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.
Category G – RAF Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Calumet. 2nd Mr Matt Reid RAF Cranwell The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, Passing over RAF Cranwell in the “Big Battle” Formation.
An Army Air Corps Gazelle reconnaissance helicopter is pictured at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Canada.
Members of II Squadron RAF Regiment and the US Marine Corps board US Osprey Aircraft at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
A Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopter of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) fires decoy flares whilst on operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. An Army Air Corps Lynx Mk9a is visible in the background. Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopters from 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons normally based with Commando Helicopter Force at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset, were flying as part of the Joint Helicopter Force Afghanistan in support of current operations in Afghanistan.
Pictured: The Royal Air Force Acrobatic Team the Red Arrows, fly in formation over the Armed Forces Day National Event 2012 in Plymouth. Story: People came in their thousands for the fourth annual Armed Forces Day national event held in Plymouth this year, to join in the celebrations and show their support for the men and women of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
A Royal Air Force Hawk pilot from 208 Squadron walks away from his aircraft to a post sortie debrief at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales.
An F18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from USS Enterprise. The American aircraft carrier was being accompanied during an exercise in the Middle by Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond. On the 8th August 2012 US Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise came to within 500 yards of HMS Diamond as the two ships operated alongside each other in the Middle East as part of Carrier strike Group 12 (CSG12) HMS Diamond is currently deployed in the Middle East where she is conducting operational duties
The Red Arrows fly in their famous formation over Buckingham Palace following the ‘Our Greatest Team Parade’ for Olympic and Paralympic competitiors in London. A Royal Air Force Puma headed up the military element of a Tri-Service flypast made up of aircraft that a have contributed to the Olympic Security in celebration of Team GB and Paralympic GB over Buckingham Palace this afternoon. The sixteen aircraft followed the British Airways Airbus nicknamed ‘The Fire Fly’, which brought the Olympic Flame to the UK marking the end of the ‘Our Greatest Team’ Parade.
A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft from 3(F)sqn, RAF Coningsby is pictured on Exercise Taurus Mountain – a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Training sortie over UK airspace in support of the Olympic Games security mission. Typhoon is a multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, from air policing, to peace support, through to high intensity conflict.
A Royal Air Force BAe146 C Mk3 is pictured at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan as a sandstorm looms in the background. The RAF BAe146 C Mk 3, from RAF Northolt’s 32 (The Royal) Squadron, touched down for the first time in Theatre at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province. A second Mk3 is due to arrive in Theatre at the end of April. Although the Squadron have been operating the BAe146 CC Mk2 and HS125 in support of Operations Telic and Herrick for over a decade, the BAe146 Mk3 marks a departure from the traditional Command Support Air Transport (CSAT) tasking that the crews are used to.
A Royal Air Force KC-30 Voyager Air Tanker aircraft (centre) is flanked by two Tornado GR4 and two Typhoon FGR4 jets (bottom) during a flypast over Buckingham Palace,
An Army Air Corps Apache of the Apache Attack Helicopter Display Team thrills the crowds at the RAF Cosford airshow. On the 9th June 2013
An RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft carrying two Storm Shadow missiles under the fuselage. This long-range air-launched and conventionally-armed missile equips RAF Tornado GR4 squadrons and saw operational service in 2003 with 617 Squadron during combat in Iraq, p
A US Marine Corps Osprey aircraft (left) with a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter from HMS Illustrious.
A Sea King helicopter with the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) lifting off from the deck of HMS Illustrious. HMS Illustrious was operating off the coast of Norway taking part in Exercise Cold Response in 2012. This image was an entrant in the Peregrine Trophy 2012 Photographic Competition.
A RAF Tornado from II (AC) Squadron, RAF Marham, flys over the Shard skyscraper building in London during Her Majesty the Queen’s 2013 Birthday Flypast over London. This image was a winner in the Royal Air Force’s Photographic Competition 2013.
A Royal Air Force Typhoon of 1(F) Squadron (top) and a French Air Force Mirage 2000N practice their formation flying skills during Exercise Capable Eagle. The exercise was the latest in a series designed to further improve the interoperability and effectiveness of Anglo-French military co-operation. As well as Typhoons of 1(F) Sqn the exercise included Mirage 2000N aircraft of the Escadron de Chasse 2/4 “La Fayette”.
A Royal Air Force Typhoon of 1(F) Squadron (top) and a French Air Force Mirage 2000N practice their formation flying skills during Exercise Capable Eagle. The exercise was the latest in a series designed to further improve the interoperability and effectiveness of Anglo-French military co-operation. As well as Typhoons of 1(F) Sqn the exercise included Mirage 2000N aircraft of the Escadron de Chasse 2/4 “La Fayette”.
A French Air Force Mirage 2000N during Exercise Capable Eagle. The exercise was the latest in a series designed to further improve the interoperability and effectiveness of Anglo-French military co-operation. As well as Typhoons of 1(F) Sqn the exercise included Mirage 2000N aircraft of the Escadron de Chasse 2/4 “La Fayette”.
A French Air Force Mirage 2000N during Exercise Capable Eagle. The exercise was the latest in a series designed to further improve the interoperability and effectiveness of Anglo-French military co-operation. As well as Typhoons of 1(F) Sqn the exercise included Mirage 2000N aircraft of the Escadron de Chasse 2/4 “La Fayette”.
The UK’s first Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft is pictured landing at RAF Waddington in November 2013.
Royal Air Force Typhoons from 121 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) fly over RAF Akrotiri prior to their return to the UK.
A Royal Air Force Voyager pasenger transport aircraft pictured at RAF Brize Norton on its return with troops from Afghanistan. A converted A330 aircraft, that has been specially adapted for a military role, Voyager gives passengers heading home for R&R or at the end of their tour more space and greater comfort for the long journey between Afghanistan and the UK. The multi role aircraft is more efficient and more capable than the Tristar fleet it will eventually replace.
The Remote Piloted Air System (RPAS) known as Watchkeeper is pictured during flight trials at Parc Aberporth in West Wales. Watchkeeper provides enhanced UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) capability that will enable commanders to detect and track targets for long periods, without the need to deploy troops into potentially sensitive or dangerous areas. The system is capable of rapid deployment and operations anywhere in the world and will support the information requirements of all three services.
A Royal Air Force Puma Mark 2 helicopter lands at RAF Honington, Suffolk.
An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter of the US Coastguard lands onboard RFA Wave Knight in the Caribbean Sea. The event was the first US Operational AUF (Airborne Use of Force) helicopter, landing on an allied ship. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Naval Support Ship RFA Wave Knight was conducting counter narcotics operation the area with the US Coastguard.
The Remote Piloted Air System (RPAS) known as Watchkeeper is pictured during flight trials at Parc Aberporth in West Wales. Watchkeeper provides enhanced UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) capability that will enable commanders to detect and track targets for long periods, without the need to deploy troops into potentially sensitive or dangerous areas. The system is capable of rapid deployment and operations anywhere in the world and will support the information requirements of all three services.
A Royal Air Force Puma Mark 2 helicopter lands at RAF Honington, Suffolk. The multi-million pound upgrade to the original Puma means that the Puma 2 benefits from new engines which give them 35 per cent more power
Two Royal Air Force Chinook Mk2 helicopters from RAF Odiham
Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby, practice for the Royal Jubilee celebrations by performing a diamond-nine formation over Lincolnshire. This was in preparation for their flypast over Windsor Castle, part of the RAF contribution to events back in 2012. The aircraft were from 3(F) Sqn, 11(F) Sqn, 17(R) Sqn, and 29(R) Sqn. Here they are pictured flying over the Aircraft-Servicing Pan (ASP) at RAF Scampton, home of the world-famous Red Arrows display team.
A Royal Navy Seaking Mk4 helicopter from 845 Naval Air Squadron conducting Arctic flying training over the snow covered mountains of northern Norway. Situated some 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle at the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) training facility near Bardufoss, Northern Norway,
Royal Navy Seaking Mk4 helicopter from 845 Naval Air Squadron conducting Arctic flying training over the snow covered mountains of northern Norway. Situated some 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle at the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) training facility near Bardufoss, Northern Norwayr.
An RAF BAe 146 from 32 (The Royal Squadron). The aircraft is part of the RAF 904 Expeditionary Air Wing based in the Middle East. 904 Expeditionary Air Wing (904 EAW) is responsible for the support and operation of RAF assets at Kandahar Airfield,
An RAF BAe 146 from 32 (The Royal Squadron). The aircraft is part of the RAF 904 Expeditionary Air Wing based in the Middle East. 904 Expeditionary Air Wing (904 EAW) is responsible for the support and operation of RAF assets at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 from 2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron taxis past the flightline prior to another mission over the skies of Afghanistan.The Squadron is part of the RAF 904 Expeditionary Air Wing based at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 from 2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron taxis past the flightline prior to another mission over the skies of Afghanistan.The Squadron is part of the RAF 904 Expeditionary Air Wing based at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 from 2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron taking off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Squadron is part of the RAF 904 Expeditionary Air Wing based at Kandahar.
An RAF Tornado GR4 from 2(Army Cooperation) Squadron at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan returning from a Ground Close Air Support (GCAS) mission in support of coalition troops. The Squadron are part of the RAF 904 Expeditionary Air Wing (904 EAW) based at Kandahar.
An RAF Sentinel R1 from 5(AC) Sqn at 902 EAW. 902 Expeditionary Air Wing (902 EAW) provides focussed support to ISAF and Coalition ground forces in Afghanistan
An Army Reservist soldier is pictured during underslung load training with a Squirrel helicopter. The Reserves were from several different regiments taking part in the exercise with elements of the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.
Image of a Tornado GR4 from 15 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth. Taking part in a Role Demo at the RAF International Waddington Airshow back in 2012. The Tornado GR4 Role Demo is different to normal flying displays, as it aims to show how to employ the jet on operations in support of people on the ground. Usually there are two aircraft working together as on operations in Afghanistan and Libya for example, providing air support to a team on the ground.
A Self portrait of a pilot from RAF Marham, taken whilst on a low level training mission in a Tornado GR4 aircraft of 31 Squadron.
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 at RAF Marham. The aircraft of II (AC) Squadron had been given a new tail livery design to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic squadron.
Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth’s Merlin helicopter is pictured over the warship during an exercise with American units in the Middle East. Fifteen deck landings were conducted by by the pilots who were serving with 829 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose.
The newly painted tail of the RAF Typhoon Display jet, from 29 Reserve (R) Squadron (Sqn) is flown for the first time and accompanied by a Typhoon in the original design. 29(R) Sqn are based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Coningsby in Lincolnshire
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 takes off from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, USA during Exercise Red Flag. The RAF fast jet is among 150 aircraft taking part in the exercise, the largest of it’s nature made possible by the vast expanse of the Nevada desert. The United States Air Force hosted the exercise and the Royal Australian Air Force also took part.
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 takes off from an airfield in the Middle East. The Tornado GR4 is a variable geometry, two-seat, day or night, all-weather attack aircraft capable of delivering a wide variety of weapons. Powered by two Rolls-Royce RB 199 Mk 103 turbofan engines, the GR4 is capable of low-level supersonic flight and can sustain a high subsonic cruise speed. The aircraft can fly automatically at low level using Terrain Following Radar (TFR) when poor weather prevents visual flight. The aircraft is also equipped with Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) and is Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible.
A ground crew member marshals a Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 with 617 Squadron (The Dambusters), during the multi-national exercise Shaheen Star 4 in the Middle East. Exercise Shaheen Star 4, a Combined Air Operation (COMAO) exercise, was conducted over the skies of the Middle East during May 2013. 617 Squadron squadron from RAF Lossiemouth commenced flying on 3 May for three weeks, culminating in a large scale exercise. In addition to the host nation, the exercise involved aircraft types from the United States Air Force (USAF) and the French Air Force (FAF), all being supported by the ground element from the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 with 617 Squadron (The Dambusters), being prepared during the multi-national exercise Shaheen Star 4 in the Middle East. Exercise Shaheen Star 4, a Combined Air Operation (COMAO) exercise, was conducted over the skies of the Middle East during May 2013. 617 Squadron squadron from RAF Lossiemouth commenced flying on 3 May for three weeks, culminating in a large scale exercise. In addition to the host nation, the exercise involved aircraft types from the United States Air Force (USAF) and the French Air Force (FAF), all being supported by the ground element from the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Image of a Hercules C130 aircraft, taking off from RAF Brize Norton. The C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft is the workhorse of the RAF’s Air Transport (AT) fleet and is based at RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire
A Royal Air Force Hercules C-130J transport tanker aircraft sits on the tarmac at Mount Pleasant Airfield in the Falkland Islands. The full passenger and cargo capability can be used while Voyager is configured for AAR operations. The cabin remains fully configured and the cargo compartments are unobstructed. On a typical deployment across the Atlantic, a single aircraft is able to refuel 4 Tornados and still carry 11,000lb (5000kg) of freight/passengers.
Soldiers from the Royal Artillery assemble and fly the Desert Hawk 3 UAS (Unmanned Air System) over Salisbury Plain during a training exercise. Desert Hawk is an extremely versatile and small Unmanned Aerial System designed for discrete operations. It is operated normally at the company level but is equally well employed above and below this. It has an extremely good record proven over the last year and is currently supporting 16 Air Assault Brigade in Afghanistan. It provides an excellent ‘over the hill’ view for commanders on the ground.
A Russian SU-27 Flanker aircraft photographed from a RAF Typhoon. RAF Typhoons were scrambled on Tuesday 17 June 2014 to intercept multiple Russian aircraft as part of NATO’s ongoing mission to police Baltic airspace.
BBMF’s Douglas Dakota ZA947 in the hanger, painted in the scheme of 233 Squadron RAF around the time of D-Day. Called ‘Kwicherbichan’ by her crews was used on Para-dropping Operations on the eve of D-Day and subsequently used to re-supply troops and the medical evacuation of injured soldiers from forward airfileds in the combat zone. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire uses the winter months to conduct deep servicing of the fleet of historical aircraft flown at airshows throughtout the summer season. The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF-BBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. They have Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster and Dakota as well as Chipmunks in the flight. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
Cockpit shot of the BBMF’s Douglas Dakota ZA947 in the hanger at RAF Coningsby. Called ‘Kwicherbichan’ by her crews was used on Para-dropping Operations on the eve of D-Day and subsequently used to re-supply troops and the medical evacuation of injured soldiers from forward airfileds in the combat zone. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire uses the winter months to conduct deep servicing of the fleet of historical aircraft flown at airshows throughtout the summer season. The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF-BBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. They have Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster and Dakota as well as Chipmunks in the flight. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
Image of Hurricane LF363 with it’s engine covers removed, showing the mighty Merlin Engine. Hurricane LF363 which is believed to be the last Hurricane delivered to the RAF. The aircraft served on 63 Squadron, 309 (Polish) Squadron and 26 Squadron during World War II and is now part of the BBMF. The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF-BBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. They have Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster and Dakota as well as Chipmunks in the flight. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
The mighty Merlin engine that gave this Hurricane,the Spitfire and Lancaster so much performance and power. Hurricane LF363 which is believed to be the last Hurricane delivered to the RAF. The aircraft served on 63 Squadron, 309 (Polish) Squadron and 26 Squadron during World War II and is now part of the BBMF. The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF-BBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. They have Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster and Dakota as well as Chipmunks in the flight. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
Image of a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 Coot aircraft. The Russian military have been monitoring BALTOPS 14 from a distance using their Coot aircraft as eyes-in-the-sky. The Il-20 is a military version of the Il-18 passenger airplane, with electronic equipment and an array of external antennae. It is still used by the Russian Air Force as flying command post.
Pictured is a Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR1 of 1 Squadron taking off during sea trials with the Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal in May 1971. During the Harrier’s service the RAF positioned the bulk of the aircraft in West Germany to defend against a potential invasion of Western Europe by the Warsaw Pact forces; the unique abilities of the Harrier allowed the RAF to disperse their forces away from vulnerable airbases. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
Pictured are six Pre-production Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1s pictured at the manufacturer’s test facility at Dunsfold aerodrome, Surrey, in 1968. The first RAF squadron to be equipped with the Harrier GR.1, No. 1 Squadron, started to convert to the aircraft at RAF Wittering in April 1969. During the Harrier’s service the RAF positioned the bulk of the aircraft in West Germany to defend against a potential invasion of Western Europe by the Warsaw Pact forces; the unique abilities of the Harrier allowed the RAF to disperse their forces away from vulnerable airbases. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
Pictured is Avro Vulcan B.2 (XH561) of the Waddington Wing leading four English Electric Lightning F.6s of 5 Squadron in a formation to mark the formation of RAF Strike Command by amalgamating Bomber and Fighter Commands on 30 April 1968. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
The Coronation Review of the Royal Air Force by HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her coronation which had taken place at the beginning of June. The event held at RAF Odiham, 15th July 1953 was the culmination of seven month’s planning can be seen in this view of the immaculately parked aircraft and their crews as they wait in the afternoon sun for Her Majesty to inspect them.
Squadron Leader LG Bastard of 9 Squadron rolls off the top of a loop in his Canberra B.6, WH977, over the snow-covered Lincolnshire countryside, 18th January 1956. The English Electric Canberra was a British first-generation jet-powered medium bomber that was manufactured during the 1950s. It was developed by English Electric during the mid-to-late 1940s in response to a 1944 Air Ministry requirement for a successor to the wartime de Havilland Mosquito fast-bomber.
Image of de Haviland Mosquito FB.VIs of 248 Squadron attacking a German ‘M’ Class minesweeper and two trawler-type auxiliaries in the mouth of the Gironde River, off Royan, France, on 12 August 1944. Bombs can be seen straddling the vessel, which later blew up. When Mosquito production began in 1941 it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. Entering service in late 1941, the first Mosquito variant was an unarmed high-speed, high-altitude photo-reconnaissance aircraft. Subsequent versions continued in this role throughout the war. The first Mk. B.IV bomber, entered service with No. 105 Squadron on 15 November 1941. From mid-1942 to mid-1943, Mosquito bombers flew high-speed, medium or low-altitude daylight missions against factories, railways and other pinpoint targets in Germany and German-occupied Europe. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
Pictured are a Squadron (No 85) of Hurricanes led by Squadron Leader Peter Townsend, flying in formation on 5 October 1940. After intensive action with 11 Group at the height of the Battle of Britain, the squadron and its Hurricane I’s was now based at Church Fenton, Yorkshire, preparing for a new night-fighting role. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
Spitfire I’s of 19 Squadron, based at Duxford in Cambs, flying in echelon formation. Leading the flight is the squadron commander, Sqn Ldr HI Cozens in aircraft K9794. Image dated 31 October 1938. The squadron was the first to receive the Spitfire in August 1938 and these early aircraft are fitted with the original two-bladed wooden propellers but have had the original flat cockpit replaced by the more familiar bulged canopy. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
Pictured is the interior of the Sector ‘G’ Operations Room at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, in September 1940. The operator is sitting third from left, the Controller fifth from left and, on the extreme right, behind the Army Liaison Officer, are the R/T Operators in direct contact with the aircraft. This room was the setting for the vital collation, plotting and dissemination of information to the fighter squadrons who scrambled to engage the Luftwaffe bombers and their fighter escorts. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
Pictured is a very early example of an iconic aircraft. Spitfire Mk I (K9795) of 19 Squadron, based at Duxford in Cambs, in flight. Image dated 31 October 1938. The squadron was the first to receive the Spitfire in August 1938 and this early aircraft is fitted with the original two-bladed wooden propellers flat cockpit canopy. The ’19’ painted on the tail was removed soon after this picture was taken. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
A No 1 Squadron Harrier GR.3 takes off from the airfield at Port Stanley during the Falkland War. Destroyed Argentinian Air Force Pucara aircraft provide a dramatic backdrop. The Sea Harrier FRS.1 differed from the RAF’s GR.3 in having extensive corrosion-proofing, a cockpit that was raised to provide the pilot with a better view, and a multi-mode radar called Blue Fox, which could search for targets in the air or on the sea. *Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*
Image of a Typhoon FGR4 aircraft, flown by 29 (R) Squadron from RAF Coningsby. Seen with the RAF 100 colours painted on its tail, to commemorate the Royal Air Force Centenary Celebrations. The Typhoon FGR.Mk 4 is a highly capable and extremely agile fourth-generation multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed for the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict. Initially deployed in the air-to-air role as the Typhoon F.Mk 2, the aircraft now has a potent, precision multi-role capability as the FGR4. The pilot performs many essential functions through the aircraftÕs hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS) interface which, combined with an advanced cockpit and the Helmet Equipment Assembly (HEA), renders Typhoon superbly equipped for all aspects of air operations. Although Typhoon has flown precision attack missions in all its combat deployments to date, its most essential role remains the provision of quick reaction alert (QRA) for UK and Falkland Islands airspace. Detachments have also reinforced NATO air defence in the Baltic and Black Sea regions.
Image of a Typhoon FGR4 aircraft, flown by 29 (R) Squadron from RAF Coningsby.
Pictured are Apache attack helicopters operated by 3 Regiment Army Air Corps liftting off during Exercise Talon Gravis.
Pictured are Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Armourers) attached to 3rd Regiment Army Air Corp, refuelling AAC Apache attack helicopters during Exercise Talon Gravis.
Pictured are four Apache attack helicopters operated by 3 Regiment Army Air Corps during Exercise Talon Gravis.
Image of the Red Arrows flying over Buckingham Palace during the RAF 100 Flypast.
The Red Arrows complete the RAF100 Flypast over Buckingham Palace
Three Sea King Mk7 aircraft are seen here about to touch down at HMS Sultan, in Gosport, Hampshire, England for the last time. The three Sea King Mk7 aircraft left their home of RNAS Culdrose for the last time at 0915. Aircrew from 849 Naval Air Squadron flew them to HMS Sultan for disposal.
Pictured is a Royal Air Force C130J Hercules captured by RAF photographers who were on the ramp of a second C130J.
Pictured is a Royal Air Force C130J Hercules captured by RAF photographers who were on the ramp of a second C130J. The aircraft were taking part in an airborne delivery training
Pictured is a Royal Air Force C130J Hercules captured by RAF photographers who were on the ramp of a second C130J. The aircraft were taking part in an airborne delivery training sortie that saw them drop two different loads, ranging in weight from 100 kilograms to a tonne, over Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
A head-on view of a British Jaguar aircraft parked on the flight line during TACTICAL AIR MEET ’78.
British and U.S. Air Force ground crew members service and refuel a Royal Air Force Jaguar aircraft during Operation Desert Shield.
British Crewmen move a Royal Navy FA-2 Sea Harrier onto the flight deck elevator of the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
An aerial view of aircraft parked on the flight line during Air Fete ’84. In the center foreground is a British Victor Mark 2 aircraft.
British Naval Airman Jennifer Ennis (Left) positions a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier on the flight deck of Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
A British Royal Air Force BK Mark 2 Victor tanker aircraft sits at Jubail Naval Airport following Operation Desert Storm.
A right side view of British Buccaneer aircraft in flight during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
A left front view of a British Jaguar aircraft parked on the flight line during TACTICAL AIR MEET ’78.
A British MR-1 Nimrod aircraft is serviced on the flight line.
A left side view of a British Tornado aircraft parked on the flight line.
An underside view of a British Tornado IDS aircraft in flight during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
A view of a British Vulcan aircraft flying over a thatched roof house near RAF Alconbury, England, during Exercise Salty Bee.
A right rear view of British Vulcan aircraft in flight during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
Marine UH-1 Iroquois and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters hover about the British amphibious ship HMS FEARLESS during excercise Northern Wedding.
22 Typhhons launched from RAF Coningsby to mark the RAF 100th anniversary. The formation spelt the number “100” to mark the historic RAf 100 flypast over London and Buckingham palace (10/07/2018).
A Tornado GR1 aircraft arrives at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, for Air Fete 01. The Tornado is based RAF Lossiemouth and is crewed by Flt Lieutenant Rich Davies (Pilot) and Flt Lieutenant Alan Wright (Navigator).
Two Royal Air Force (RAF) GR3A Jaguar aircraft fly a mission over Incirlik Air Base (AB) Turkey, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH.
Three British Royal Air Force (RAF) GR-1A Jaguar fighter reconnaissance aircraft fly a sortie in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) GR-1A Jaguar fighter reconnaissance aircraft air-to-air refuels during a sortie in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) GR-1A Jaguar fighter reconnaissance aircraft disconnects from an RAF VC-10 Tristar air refueling tanker during a sortie in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH.
British (UK) Royal Air Force (RAF) Senior Aircraftsman John Birch (right), assigned to No. 6 Squadron, helps RAF Wing Commander Mike Seares strap into the cockpit of his GR. Mk 1A Jaguar Reconnaissance aircraft at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, before conducting a mission in support of Combined Task Force, Operation NORTHERN WATCH.
A British (UK) Royal Air Force (RAF) MR. Mk 2 Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft assigned to the 51 Squadron, sits on the tarmac prior to a sortie from Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, during Combined Task Force, Operation NORTHERN WATCH.
US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Kent Laughbaum (foreground left), Commander, 494th Fighter Squadron, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, United Kingdom (UK), answers questions from members of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Look East Television Network, concerning the arrival of the WingÕs newly acquired F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft. The new Strike Eagle aircraft were flown from the manufacture by 494th Fighter Squadron (FS) aircrews and will be assigned to the unit.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado F3 aircraft, 43rd Squadron, Air Defense, waits for takeoff clearance on a mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM at a forward deployed location in Southwest Asia.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) GR4 Tornado Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) releases flares during a combat mission over Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
An E-3 Sentry Air Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft at Ignatievo Air Base (AB), in Bulgaria (BG), for this years Partnership for Peace exercise Cooperative Key 2003, is provided by the British Royal Air Force (RAF).
A Royal Air Force (RAF) (British) G-4 Tornado aircraft is refueled by a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron (EARS), using the aircraftÕs Multi-Point Refueling System (MPRS), during a combat sortie in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
A British Royal Air Force (RAF) GR-4 Tornado fighter-bomber aircraft takes off from Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska (AK), for an afternoon training mission during Exercise COOPERATIVE COPE THUNDER, the largest multinational air combat training exercise in the Pacific. This 15-day exercise simulates wartime combat conditions so that military personnel from 12-nations can sharpen their air fighting skills, exchange air operational tactics, and build closer relations with each other.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) GR4 Tornado fighter, No. XV (Reserve) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland (SCT), releases flares from the Boz 107 Chaff and Flare Dispenser during a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
An aerial of a Royal Air Force (RAF) GR4 Tornado fighter, No. XV (Reserve) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland (SCT), over Iraq (IRQ) during a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
A judge observes maintenance performance of a Royal Air Force team on a Jaguar aircraft during the quick turn phase of the Strike Command Bombing Competition between the U.S. and RAF.
An air-to-air left rear view of a British Royal Air Force Shackleton aircraft during Exercise Coronet Cactus.
A left rear view of two British Royal Navy AV-8 Sea Harrier vertical take-off/landing (VTOL) aircraft prior to a demonstrate flight at the Farnborough Air Show.
A British Royal Navy Wessex helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) after refueling during Hong Kong Exercise SEARCH AND RESCUE ’82.
A left front view of a British Aerospace 125 Series 700 twin-turbofan business transport aircraft, parked on the runway apron during Exercise Coronet Brave.
A right front view of a British Aerospace Jetstream 31 light commuter/executive transport aircraft, parked on the runway apron during Exercise Coronet Brave.
A left front view of a small British-built aircraft as it prepares for take-off during Exercise Coronet Brave.
A left front view of a British Jaguar aircraft parked on the flight line during TACTICAL AIR MEET ’78.
An aerial view of aircraft parked on the flight line during Air Fete ’84. In the center foreground is a British Victor Mark 2 aircraft.
An underside view of a British Tornado IDS aircraft in flight during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
A right rear view of British Vulcan aircraft in flight during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
A right side view of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter and a British Sea Harrier FRS1 aircraft hovering during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
A left side view of a World War II British Lancaster aircraft in flight during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
A right side view of a World War II British TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber aircraft in-flight during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
A British BAe-146-STA aircraft is open for visitors at the 38th Paris International Air and Space Show at Le Bourget Airfield.
A British Royal Air Force T. Mark 17 Canberra aircraft is given a preflight check during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) exercise Display Determination ’89.
British and U.S. Air Force ground crew members service and refuel a Royal Air Force Jaguar aircraft during Operation Desert Shield.
A right side view of a British C-130 from the Royal Air Force (RAF) lands at Kuwait International Airport. The aircraft is bringing passengers and equipment for their troops stationed in various parts of Kuwait. The British troops joined the United States forces in response to Saddam Hussein’s advancement to the Kuwaiti border.
A British Royal Navy FRS Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft takes off during an air show celebrating the 75th anniversary of naval aviation.
A British Royal Navy FRS Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft rests on its fuselage after a landing gear failure forced a wheels-up landing during an air show celebrating the 75th anniversary of naval aviation.
Emergency vehicles rush out to the flight line to assist a British Royal Navy FRS Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft during an air show celebrating the 75th anniversary of naval aviation. The aircraft is resting on its fusage after a landing gear failure forced a wheels-up landing.
Emergency vehicles stand by on the flight line to assist a British Royal Navy FRS Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft during an air show celebrating the 75th anniversary of naval aviation. The aircraft is resting on its fuselage after a landing gear failure forced a wheels-up landing.
A plane director signals instructions while standing in front of a British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
Flight deck crewmen stand by as a pilot climbs into the cockpit of a British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft parked aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
A British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft taxis on the flight deck after landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
A British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft hovers over the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
A British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft hovers over the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). Another Harrier is approaching in the background.
A British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft hovers over the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). Another Harrier is approaching in the background.
A British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft prepares to take off from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
A British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
Three British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft parked on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
Crew members observe as a British Royal Navy FRS.Mk 1 Sea Harrier aircraft makes a low-level pass by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
A Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft, foreground, flies a joint patrol with a British Royal Air Force FGR. Mark 2 Phantom II aircraft during Operation Desert Shield. The VF-42 Tomcat aircraft is based aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67).
A British Royal Navy FA-2 Sea Harrier takes off from the flight deck of Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
A British Royal Navy FA-2 Sea Harrier takes off from the flight deck of Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
British Naval Airman Jennifer Ennis (Left) positions a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier on the flight deck of Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
A British Crewman moves a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier onto the flight deck elevator of the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
A Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier lands on the flight deck of the Invincible Class AIrcraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
Crewmen aboard the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6), prepare a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier for take off from the flight deck. The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
British Leading Airman Cotton acts as ground guide as a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier lands on the flight deck of the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
British Royal Navy flight deck personnel prepare a Royal Navy FA-2 Harrier Jumpjet for a mission while on board the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the SWA build-up.
British crewmen prepare to move a Royal Navy FA-2 Sea Harrier onto the flight deck elevator of Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The aircraft carrier is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
British Royal Navy Lieutenant Adrian Bratt, Boarding Officer for Broadsword Class Frigate, HMS COVENTRY (F 98), fast ropes from a Royal Navy Lynx HMA 8 helicopter to the deck during boarding exercises in the Persian Gulf. The British vessel is in the gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
British Royal Navy Helicopter crews from Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship, HMS FORT VICTORIA (A 387), practice rescue lifts with a Westland AEW-2 Sea King helicopter while on station in the persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
A pair of British Royal Air Force GR-1 Tornados fly below the fuel hose of a British VC-10 K3 tanker (Aircraft not shown) prior to refueling over Kuwait as part of the Southwest Asia build-up.
Two Royal Navy (RN) Sailors prepare to chain down a Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 helicopter, 815 Squadron, RN Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, United Kingdom (UK), aboard the RN Type 23 Frigate HMS GRAFTON (F 80) on the Persian Gulf. The Lynx Mk8 is an anti-surface and anti-submarine helicopter designed to operate from frigates and destroyers of the Fleet.
An FRS. Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft makes its takeoff roll along the flight deck of the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R 05) during the NATO Southern Region exercise DRAGON HAMMER ’90.
A British Royal Navy Sea King helicopter hovers while operating a dipping sonar during anti-submarine screening exercises. The aircraft is participating in NATO Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 86.
Two FRS. Mark 1 Sea Harrier aircraft come in to land aboard the light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05) during Fleet Ex 1-90.
A Sea Harrier FRS. Mark 1 aircraft of the Royal Navy stands on the flight line. The aircraft is stationed aboard the British light aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE (R-05).
An E-3 Sentry Air Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft at Ignatievo Air Base (AB), in Bulgaria (BG), for this years Partnership for Peace exercise Cooperative Key 2003, is provided by the British Royal Air Force (RAF).
A left side view of a World War II British Lancaster aircraft in flight during Air Fete ’88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.
British Royal Navy Leading Airman Bob Chorlton gives taxi directions to a FA-2 Harrier pilot aboard the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6), as a second Royal Navy FA-2 Sea Harrier prepares to land. The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest build-up.
British Leading Airman Cotton acts as ground guide as a Royal Air Force GR-7 Harrier lands on the flight deck of the Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (RO 6). The British vessel is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up.
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A British Royal Air Force (RAF) C-130J Hercules cargo aircraft lands on the newly reopened military runway at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP), in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
A British Royal Air Force BK Mark 2 Victor tanker aircraft sits at Jubail Naval Airport following Operation Desert Storm.
The crews of three British Royal Air Force GR. Mark 1 Tornado aircraft climb out of their cockpits after arriving at the base to refuel during a flight from Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada.
British and U.S. Air Force ground crew members refuel a Royal Air Force Jaguar aircraft during Operation Desert Shield.
A British Royal Air Force T. Mark 17 Canberra aircraft is given a preflight check during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) exercise Display Determination ’89.
A left side view of a British Royal Air Force VC-10 aircraft parked on the flight line during an air show.
A right side view of a British Royal Air Force Victor aircraft being serviced on a ramp.
A British Royal Air Force BK Mark 2 Victor tanker aircraft sits at Jubail Naval Airport following Operation Desert Storm.
A left underside view of a Vulcan B Mark 2 jet bomber aircraft, donated by the British government to be displayed at the Air Museum.

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