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7JetSet7 Code: RRR
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
Employees 35000
Web: raf.mod.uk
Telephone: +44 1993 89 77 79
Fax: +44 1993 84 25 51

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Formed and started operations in 1918. Government jet air transport services. Also international relief operations.

Squadrons 10 & 216
RAF Brize Norton
Carterton, Oxfordshire RX18 3LX, Great Britain

Great Britain (United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland) was established in 1066, it covers an area of 242,432 sq km, its population is 59 million, its capital city is London and its official language is English.

October 2010: Airbus (EDS) Military has flown the 2nd A330-200 to have been modified under the UK's Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) program. Equipped with Cobham 905E underwing hose and drogue refueling pods, the airplane made a 2 hour flight from Getafe near Madrid on October 26. "The flight crew (FC) reported that the airplane, its systems and 2 Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines performed entirely satisfactorily," (EDS) said.

The 2nd of an eventual 14 tanker/transports to be provided under the (FSTA) private finance initiative deal with (EADS) UK-led AirTanker Services, the newly flown A330 will be delivered to the Royal Air Force (RRR)'s Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire in November 2011.

Australia will receive its second of five locally designated KC-30As (A330-Tanker) late this year, with the General Electric (CF6-80E)-powered fleet to be operated by the (RAAF) (RAA)'s 33 Squadron from Amberley air base, Queensland. The service, which retired its last 707 tanker in June 2008, should receive its remaining examples in 2011 to 2012, according to plans outlined earlier this year.

The military certification receipt will also provide a boost to (EADS) (EDS) North America's campaign for the USA Air Force's 179-airplane KC-X tanker deal. The company's KC-45 submission is largely based on the KC-30A model prepared for Australia. Boeing is offering the smaller KC-767 NewGen Tanker.

Airbus (EDS) Military's order book for the A330 tanker/transport also includes 6 airplanes for Saudi Arabia, 3 for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 14 for the UK. The type has a maximum fuel load of 111t.

December 2010: Tributes were paid to the joint force of Royal Navy and (RAF) (RRR) Harrier airplanes as a spectacular flypast across eastern England marked the airplane’s retirement after 41 years of service. A formation of 16 Harriers took to the skies over Lincolnshire, flying over 7 (RAF) (RRR) bases, Lincoln Cathedral and the towns of Stamford and Oakham.

January 2011: Boeing (TBC) and its Boeing Defence UK subsidiary announced the arrival of the Royal Air Force (RRR)’s 7th C-17 Globemaster III airlifter (F229, ZZ177 - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "RRR-C-17A-2011-01" at (RAF) Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England. The airplane was officially delivered on November 16 from Boeing (TBC)’s facility in Long Beach, California, and underwent modifications at the company’s San Antonio facility before flying to the United Kingdom. “The (RAF) C-17 fleet, along with the rest of the Airbridge, delivers an incredible capability to our deployed forces on the front line,” said Air Officer Commanding 2 Group, Air Vice-Marshal Philip Osborn, Royal Air Force. “I am also extremely proud of the outstanding contribution that all our airplanes and personnel are making toward continued progress in Afghanistan.”

Assigned to 99 Squadron at (RAF) Brize Norton, the UK fleet of C-17s provides critical airlift capability for the nation’s Joint Rapid Reaction Force and has supported humanitarian and disaster-relief missions to Pakistan, Haiti and Chile. 99 Squadron’s C-17s are equipped with upgraded software and avionics, as well as additional fuel tanks that extend the aircraft’s nautical mile range to >4,000 miles. In normal operations, the airplane carries a crew of 3 (2 pilots (FC) and one air-loadmaster).

“May 2011 will mark the 10th anniversary of the delivery of the Royal Air Force’s (RAf) 1st C-17, which continues to perform superbly (anytime and anywhere),” said Boeing UK C-17 Program Manager, Liz Pace. “The (RAF) uses its C-17s more than any other service today, which is why it has surpassed 60,000 flight hours with just 6 airplanes.” The C-17 is the only airplane capable of performing all the airlift requirements (strategic and tactical, military and humanitarian, brigade airdrop and aeromedical evacuation) using either standard runways or short, austere airfields. The C-17 can transport large payloads across vast ranges without refueling and operate in extremely hot and cold climates. With a full payload of 170,000 pounds, a C-17 can fly 2,400 nm and land in 3,000 feet or less.

As a member of the worldwide C-17 “virtual fleet,” C-17s will be supported through Boeing (TBC)’s C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, a proven multinational Performance-Based Logistics program. Through the virtual fleet concept, C-17 customers receive comprehensive world wide logistics support (spares, support equipment, Tech Orders, sustaining Engineering, and on-site field teams) through use of shared resources across the entire fleet. This highly successful program ensures high levels of mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers (regardless of fleet size) cost-effective access to an extensive support program.

There are currently 232 C-17s in service worldwide — 22 with international customers. The US Air Force (USF), including active Guard and Reserve units, has 210. Other international customers include the Qatar Amiri Flight (QTA), the UK Royal Air Force (RRR), the Canadian Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAA), and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of (NATO) and Partnership for Peace nations.



June 2011: There are currently 232 C-17s in service worldwide (22 with international customers. The US Air Force (USF), including active Guard and Reserve units, has 210. Other international customers include the Qatar Amiri Flight (QAT), the UK Royal Air Force (RRR), the Canadian Department of Defense (DND), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAA), the (UAE) Air Force (UAF), the Indian Air Force (IDF), and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of (NATO) plus the Partnership for Peace nations.

The C-17 is the only airplane capable of performing all the airlift requirements (strategic and tactical, military and humanitarian, brigade airdrop and aeromedical evacuation) using either standard runways or short, austere airfields. The C-17 can transport large payloads across vast ranges without refueling and operate in extremely hot and cold climates. With a full payload of 170,000 pounds, a C-17 can fly 2,400 nautical miles and land in 3,000 feet or less.

As a member of the worldwide C-17 “virtual fleet,” C-17s are supported through Boeing (TBC)’s C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, a proven multinational Performance-Based Logistics program. Through the virtual fleet concept, C-17 customers receive comprehensive world wide logistics support (spares, support equipment, Tech Orders, sustaining Engineering, and on-site field teams) through use of shared resources across the entire fleet. This highly successful program ensures high levels of mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers (regardless of fleet size) cost-effective access to an extensive support program.

July 2011: An A330 MRTT Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) for the UK´s Royal Air Force (RRR) has successfully completed its 1st contacts with a Tornado fighter. The 2 airplanes performed a series of dry contacts, by day and night, in late June/early July during a program to formally qualify the Tornado to refuel from the (FSTA) in operational service. Wet contacts, in which fuel is actually passed from the tanker to the receiver, will commence shortly.

During sorties conducted from (RAF) Boscombe Down with the support of Qinetiq, the Tornado executed contacts with the A330 MRTT´s underwing hose-and-drogue pods at altitudes between 10,000ft and 30,000ft and speeds of 250 - 325kt.

SEE ATTACHED - - "RRR-A330-MRTT-2011-07."


February 2012: Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the Ministry of Defense (MoD) is to order an additional C-17 Globemaster, taking the number of airplanes in the (RAF)’s fleet to 8. The purchase of an extra C-17 will help to support the air bridge which transports Armed Forces personnel and equipment between the UK and front line operations.

May 2012: Boeing [TBC] delivered the UK’s 8th C-17 Globemaster III to the Royal Air Force (RRR). “I’m honored and delighted to deliver the Royal Air Force (RRR)’s newest C-17 to join the fleet at Number 99 Squadron, where our 7 C-17s are in constant demand flying missions in support of Defence and other government agencies’ requirements,” said (RAF) Wing Commander David Manning, Officer Commanding 99 Squadron. “It’s a great feeling to know that we have the capability to deliver crucial supplies to the front lines with little notice, or to transport injured troops home with a better chance of survival because of the capability and flexibility of the C-17. This newest C-17 will be a welcome addition to the Air Force fleet.”

The (RAF) (RRR) C-17s are operated by 99 Squadron at (RAF) Brize Norton. The 1st (RAF) C-17s entered service in 2001 and have surpassed 74,000 flight hours (+15% above the projected rate). The UK Ministry of Defence, citing ongoing demand, ordered additional airlifters for delivery in 2008 and 2010 and contracted for its 8th C-17 in March.

“(RAF) C-17s are ever-present when there’s a need for humanitarian relief or peacekeeping around the world,” said Bob Ciesla, Boeing Airlift VP & C-17 Program Manager. “We’re proud to support the Royal Air Force in providing for the mobility needs of their great nation, and we are grateful for the partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and US Air Force that made this delivery possible in such a short time.”

“The (RAF) fleet’s airlift capacity, increased by this latest delivery, is backed by a comprehensive sustainment services program,” said Boeing Defence UK Managing Director, Mike Kurth. “As part of the world wide C-17 ‘virtual fleet,’ (RAF) C-17s are supported through the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), a Performance-Based Logistics agreement. The support provided to the (RAF) under the (GISP) arrangement results in an excellent mission-capable rate at 1 of the lowest costs per flying hour.”

Boeing (TBC) has delivered 242 C-17s world wide, including 216 to the US Air Force active duty, Guard and Reserve units. A total of 26 C-17s have been delivered to Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of (NATO) and Partnership for Peace nations. India has 10 C-17s on order for delivery in 2013 and 2014.

A £350 Million Ministry of Defense (MoD) contract to maintain the Royal Air Force (RRR)’s Hercules airplanes will support 500 UK jobs, the (MoD) announced. This will help support operations in Afghanistan with greater resilience through continuing maintenance of the fleet.

Hercules are a vital part of the (RAF)’s fleet, carrying troops, supplies and equipment in support of operations around the world. They also perform life-saving medical evacuation missions, transporting injured personnel home from Afghanistan.

The deal with Marshall Aerospace (MAC) will sustain 500 UK jobs, with the majority based in Marshall Aerospace (MAC)’s facility at Cambridge Airport. Work will also be undertaken by Lockheed Martin at sites in Havant, Stansted and Gloucester, and by Rolls-Royce (RRC) and its sub-contractor Vector Aerospace in Filton, Hook, Croydon and Brize Norton. Lockheed Martin UK will look after supply chain management and Rolls-Royce (RRC) will maintain the engines.

This Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) contract saves the (MoD) £170 Million by replacing several short-term contracts with 1 agreement to provide the maintenance of the whole Hercules fleet until the end of 2015.

The Minister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology, Peter Luff said: “The Hercules airplane is a key part of our long-range (RAF) air transport force and supports thousands of troops on operations across the globe. This new agreement will not only save the tax-payer money but will also ensure the fleet has continued support to maintain airplane availability, especially for Afghanistan.

“The announcement of this contract is just part of the comprehensive regeneration of our Armed Forces’ equipment that has been made possible thanks to the Government’s balancing of the defense budget for the 1st time in a generation.”

Group Captain Nick Cox, Defense Equipment & Support Project Team Leader, said: “The Hercules Integrated Operational Support contract will continue to play a crucial role in maintaining airplane availability as our Hercules fleet continues to meet the demands of our operations.”

October 2012: Components of the 1st Tranche 3 Typhoons have been loaded into the laser alignment facility based in the Typhoon Final Assembly at Warton, NW England. Over the next few weeks, the 3 major components which will form the fuselage of British single seat Typhoon number BS116, will be married-up, using special automated alignment facilities which use laser-trackers and computer-automated jacks.

The Typhoon is 1 of the most perfectly aligned fast jet airframes in the world. Although 15 meters long from tip to tip, every Typhoon that leaves (BAE) Systems Warton site varies from true to no more than the thickness of a match stick.

March 2013: Assembly of the 1st Tranche 3 Typhoon destined for delivery to the Royal Air Force, has now been completed together with initial testing. The airplane, British single seat no 116, has now entered electromagnetic testing.

A range of Typhoon systems such as the armament, fuel and flight controls could be susceptible to radio frequency transmissions such as ground radars or TV and radio transmission masts. To ensure the airplane will operate correctly and safely in flight when exposed to these threats, the airplane is undergoing Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing through a technique known as Direct Current Injection. This means the airplane is injected with simulated threat signals directly into specially designed points on the nose, tail and wing tips. (EMC) testing will last around 8 weeks, after which the airplane will undergo avionics testing before progressing to engine ground runs.

Under the Tranche 3A contract signed in 2009, a total of 112 airplanes have been ordered for the 4 European partner nations of Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, with 40 airplanes bound for the Royal Air Force. Deliveries of Tranche 3 Typhoons are expected to start later this year.

April 2013: Royal Air Force (RRR) 95 years-old today (April 1st)!

It was Prime Minister David Lloyd George who, with General Jan Smuts identified the need for what was to become the world’s 1st independent air force, partly in response to German Zeppelin raids on London in 1916 to 1917.

The result was an Order in Council made by His Majesty George V resulting in the union of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force.

Then, as now, it was recognized that there was no limit to the use of air power in the defense of Britain and her interests.

While the British were not the 1st to make use of heavier-than-air military airplanes, the (RAF) is the world’s oldest independent air force: that is, the 1st air force to become independent of army or navy control. It was founded on 1 April 1918, with headquarters located in the former Hotel Cecil, during the First World War, by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). At that time it was the largest air force in the world. After the war, the service was drastically cut and its inter-war years were relatively quiet, with the (RAF) taking responsibility for the control of Iraq and executing a number of minor actions in other parts of the British Empire. Naval aviation in the form of the (RAF)’s Fleet Air Arm was returned to Admiralty control on May 24 1939.

The (RAF) developed its doctrine of strategic bombing which led to the construction of long-range bombers and became the basic philosophy in the Second World War.

This remains true and has been demonstrated by airplanes ranging from the The Sopwith Camel which is reputed to have shot down more enemy airplanes than any other Allied airplane in World War One, to the (RAF)’s modern Eurofighter Typhoons which now guard the UK’s airspace 24 hours a day, 365-days a year.

And today, control of the air is the key to success in any military intervention, without it, our soldiers and sailors could be vulnerable to attack from the air.

On the battlefield in Afghanistan, (RAF) Merlin and Chinook squadrons provide rapid mobility for ground forces and provide critical medical evacuation. Meanwhile, (RAF) Tornado ground attack and reconnaissance squadrons provide vital protection when our troops are engaged by insurgents and the ability to strike at targets at long range.

And our airborne ‘eyes and ears,’ our intelligence gathering Sentry and Sentinel squadrons, gather information to provide decision makers with an essential understanding of an evolving conflict.

For these reasons Prime Minister David Cameron has described the (RAF) as “completely and utterly essential,” to the nation.

July 2013: Another one of the UK Royal Air Force (RRR)’s fleet of Vickers VC10 air-to-air refueling tankers ended its operational service. The retirement of airplane (XR808 - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "RRR-VC10 - 2013-07") also known to crews as “Bob” on July 29 leaves just 3 of the elegant British-built airliners left in service.

The flight was also significant as it heralded the last flight of an original Type 1101 VC10. The remaining 3 (RAF) VC10s are conversions of the Standard and Super VC10 variants.

The fleet, due to retire this September, will mark the end of a long era for the (RAF), which has been flying the airplanes since late 1966. The airplanes will be replaced by the fleet of Airtanker-operated Airbus A330 Voyager multi-role tanker transports which are currently being delivered,

SEE ATTACHED - - "RRR-2013-07 - A330 TANKER").

While the A330 is significantly more capable than their 1960s predecessor, it is fair to say that the modern Airbus doesn’t quite have the presence of the VC10. The Vickers design has always been more than capable of making its presence felt with the scream of its 4 Rolls-Royce (RRC) Conway engines and an inevitable trail of black smoke on landing and departure.

With an impressive 43,865 hours on the clock, (XR808) was flown from its home at (RAF) Brize Norton where it served with 101 Sqn and was taken to the former (USAF) bomber base at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. It had been earmarked for preservation at the (RAF) Museum in Cosford, but now its future is less clear.

The VC10 made its last public airshow appearance at the Royal International Air Tattoo at (RAF) Fairford on July 20 to 21, but a retirement ceremony is planned at (RAF) Brize Norton, home of the VC10 fleet during September. The (RAF) has flown 28 VC10s in several different configurations. Once all the VC10s have gone, 101 Sqn will become the 2nd squadron to form on the Voyager.

The 1st Tranche 3 Typhoon, (BS116) - - SEE PHOTO - - "RRR-2013-07 - 1ST TYPHOON," has been transferred from final assembly to the paint shop facility where it spent 2 weeks getting a makeover. The Tranche 3 jet will progress to the hush house, a sound-proofed engine testing facility for a series of engine ground runs in the next few weeks. 1st test flights are expected to take place in September/October 2013.

Tranche 3 capability includes >350 modified parts designed, engineered and assembled ready to incorporate the most advanced capability enhancements. Enhancements include provision for conformal fuel tanks and extra electrical power and cooling to cater for an E-Scan radar which will enhance performance, reliability and availability whilst delivering lower support costs for Typhoon customers. Extra computing power and high speed data network systems will give the airplane capacity for even more capability in the future.

August 2013: The wings for the 1st Airbus (EDS) Military A400M Atlas new generation airlifter for the Royal Air Force (RRR) have left the Airbus plant in Filton, UK where they are made, bound for the final assembly line at Seville, Spain. The airplane, the 1st of 22 ordered by the United Kingdom, is due to be delivered in September 2014.

September 2013: As the UK armed forces look to shape the concept of "Future Force 2020," with the Royal Air Force (RRR) reducing to a manpower level of around 35,000 personnel, newly appointed Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford said that one of his main quests was to understand the role that the "synthetic" world could play in preparing his force for its next challenge. As the newly appointed Chief of the Air Staff, he presented the keynote air power speech on the 2nd day of the (DSEI) Defense Exposition, held from September 9 to 12 at London’s ExCel center.

SEE PHOTO - - "RRR-1-ANDY PULFORD - 2013-09."

A historic naval air squadron is to be resurrected as the 1st Royal Navy formation to fly the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.


809 Naval Air Squadron, whose motto is simply "Immortal," is to be reformed to operate the 5th-generation stealth airplane that will fly from the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class carriers from 2018.

The Lightning II airplane will be jointly operated by pilots (FC) from the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Air Force (RRR).

Earlier this year, it was announced by the Chief of the Air Staff that the famous 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron would be the 1st (RAF) squadron to fly the jets.

Both Royal Navy and (RAF) pilots are already training on the Lightning II airplanes alongside the USA Marine Corps at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

809 Naval Air Squadron, which dates back to the 2nd World War, has been selected by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, because of its history of striking at the enemy in operations across the globe. In previous incarnations, airplanes from the squadron supported an attack on Hitler’s flagship, supported the invasions of North Africa, Italy and southern France during the Second World War and saw action in Suez in 1956.

It was last reformed to support operations in the Falkland Islands; the squadron also flew the Navy’s last Buccaneer, a low-level strike bomber flown in the 1960s and 1970s.

Admiral Zambellas said: "I am delighted to announce that the name of the second Lightning II squadron, when it forms, will be 809 Naval Air Squadron." This squadron number is chosen to link with and reflect the proud and distinguished history of embarked carrier strike, from the Second World War to the Falklands.

The early naming of 809 alongside the (RAF)’s 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron is a very visible demonstration of a joint ambition, spirit of collaboration and shared equity in the Joint Lightning Force.

When not at sea as part of the UK’s carrier strike force, the squadron will be based at (RAF) Marham in Norfolk.

The joint nature of the squadrons means naval personnel will serve with the Dambusters, and their Air Force counterparts will do likewise on 809 Naval Air Squadron.

The (RAF)’s last Vickers VC10 jetliners have completed their final mission after 47 years of service. On their final flight, the VC10s (affectionately known in the (RAF) as the “Funbus”) re-fuelled a Eurofighter Typhoon, a Tornado GR4, a Hercules, and a Boeing E-3 Sentry, as well as each other.

They also took part in flypasts over Newcastle, Warton, (RAF) Coningsby, (RAF) Marham, Birmingham, (RAF) Lossiemouth, (RAF) Leuchars, and Prestwick.

The VC10 was built as a commercial airliner but has been the mainstay of the (RAF)’s air-to-air re-fueling fleet. It has also been used to deploy troops around the world.

Its replacement, the Voyager, is the (RAF)’s largest airplane, with a 60 m/197 ft wingspan, and is also nearly 60 m long.

The (RAF) bought 14 of the airplanes under a 27-year private finance initiative contract worth £10.5 billion with the AirTanker consortium.

As the meritorious, 50 year service of the (RAF) VC-10 draws to a close, the last 2 airplanes (ZA147 and ZA150) will conduct their final air-to-air re-fueling sortie, then diverge to carry out fly pasts of various locations around the UK, on Friday September 20th 2013.

SEE PHOTO - - "RRR-2013-09 - VC10 FINAL FLYBY."

May 2014: We have agreed with the UK Ministry of Defence a £125 million extension to the support contract provided by us for the (RAF)’s Tornado GR4 fleet until the airplanes are due to be retired in 2019. With the changes to the contract, an estimated -£90 million saving to the UK Ministry of Defence has been identified through greater efficiencies in fleet management.

The contract amendment builds on from the original and highly successful Availability Transformation: Tornado Aircraft Contract (ATTAC) which initially started in 2006 and was due to expire in 2016. The (ATTAC) contract provides the (RAF)’s front-line with a guarantee that the Tornado airplane’s availability, capability and effectiveness will be maintained throughout its service life. Including the amendment, the overall contract value for the next 5 years is £490 million. Currently the contract sustains 600 jobs across the UK for (BAE) Systems.

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director Programmes & Support at (BAE) Systems commented: “I am delighted that we have been able to agree terms to continue to support the (RAF)’s fleet of Tornado airplanes until their out of service date. The original (ATTAC) contract has proved highly successful. It’s an excellent example of partnering as it provides an agile and responsive solution to our customer’s needs. This extension will mean we continue to play an essential role in helping the (RAF) gain operational advantage no matter what the challenge. Everyone involved with (ATTAC), from our team to the (RAF) and the (MOD) has worked tirelessly to ensure the (RAF) has Tornados available to support operational requirements, whilst ensuring the service delivers value for money.”

Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond said: “This investment will ensure our Tornado airplanes continue to be battle ready for the next 5 years, as a key part of the (RAF)’s fast jet fleet. They currently play a vital role in supporting troops on the ground in Afghanistan and they will continue to form the backbone of our ground attack capability until the Joint Strike Fighter arrives and the Typhoon’s ground attack capability is fully mature in a few years’ time. This contract will help sustain the specialist skills across the UK which makes Britain a world leader in Engineering.”

Under the (ATTAC) contract, we are responsible for providing on and off airplane maintenance and capability enhancements to meet future requirements of the Tornado GR4 fleet. We support the fleet at (RAF) Marham in Norfolk, England and (RAF) Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland.

This contract follows a £100 million contract received in January of this year for us to continue to support the (RAF)’s Typhoon fleet throughout 2014.

August 2014: The 1st Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force (RRR) has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The A400M known as (15) took off from Seville, Spain, at 14:25 local time (GMT+1) on August 30th and landed back on site 5 hours and 5 minutes later.

Edward “Ed” Strongman Chief Test Pilot Military, who captained the flight, said after landing: “It was very satisfying to conduct this 1st flight of the 1st A400M for the Royal Air force (RRR). I have no doubt that its combination of true tactical capability with strategic range will be an enormous contributor to future air mobility in the (RAF).” The airplane is the 1st of 22 ordered by the UK and will be available for delivery by end September. In (RAF) service, it will be known as the A400M Atlas.

April 2015: My brother "Buster" Ansdell lost his life aged 21 as an Air Gunner in a Lancaster over Mannheim Germany in 1944, which makes the following video of the last 2 flying very memorable: 7,700 built, only 2 left flying in the world! - In my brother's "raid" 44 left England but only 4 returned.


August 2015: "RAF Tornados to continue Iraq Operations" by Flight International, August 2015.

Deployment of Panvia Tornado GR4 aircraft from the Royal Air Force (RRR)'s 12 (B) Sqn will continue to operate against Islamic State militants in Iraq until March 2017, further delaying the retirement of the ground attack type from UK service. Announced by the UK Defense Secretary, Michael Fallon on August 4, the "spearheading squadron will continue to "offer the essential precision firepower, intelligence and surveillance needed" for another year, despite originally being listed for disbandment in 2014.

February 2018: Great Britain's Royal Air Force (RRR) has placed 9 orders of Boeing's P-8A (Military 737) Poseidon maritime patrol airplanes. The main role of the P-8A fleet will be to protect the UK navy's nuclear submarines and 2 new airplane carriers that will conduct search-and-rescue, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Nick Whitney, Director Business Development, Boeing Defence had announced at the July 2016 Farnborough International Airshow that Boeing would double the number of people directly employed by Boeing in the UK; there were at the time already >2,000. Boeing spent 2.1 billion pounds in the UK in 2016 and spent a greater amount in 2017.

September 2018: See attached "RRR-Sir Douglas Badeer Talk" 2018-09.

The P-8As will be based at a new $100 million operational support and training base for European operations at (RAF) Lossiemouth, NE Scotland, creating >100 new jobs.


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RRR-A300M ATLAS - 2014-08
RRR-A400M AS TANKER - 2014-08
RRR-Airforce Memories.jpg
RRR-C-17 - 2012-05
RRR-F-35-LIGHTNING-II - 2013-09
RRR-TYPHOON - 2012-10
RRR-TYPHOON - 2013-03
RRR-VC10 - 2013-07

October 2018:

1 707-300 (JT3D-3B) (993-24109, ZH101), (AWACS). E-3D SENTRY (AEW1).


9 LOCKHEED L-1011-385-3 TRISTAR (RB211-524B4) (193V-1157, /78 ZD948; 193V-1159, /79 ZD949; 193V-1164, /79 ZD950; 193V-1165, /79 ZD951; 193V-1168, /79 ZD952; 193V-1174, /80 ZD953; 193V-1177, /79 ZE706; 193V-1186, /80 ZE704; 193V-1188, /80 ZE705), 160Y/260Y/COMBI/TANKER.



6 +8 A330-243 VOYAGER (TRENT 700) (1183, EC-336; 1334, EC-338; 1439, EC-333, 2013-06), TANKER/TRANSPORT (SEE PHOTO - - "(RRR)-A330-TANKER-2010-10" - - SEE ATTACHED - - "RRR-2013-07 - A330 TANKER"). 272 PAX/TANKER.


6 B AE 125.

2 B AE 146-100 (1021, ZE700; 1029, ZE701).




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RRR-1-ANDY PULFORD - 2013-09



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