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The @RAFFalcons Parachute Display Team stole the show at the @balmoralshow, the largest agricultural show on the island of Ireland. Air Officer @RoyalAirForceNI, Air Marshal Sean Reynolds, took the salute following the Team’s jump from 7,000 feet.
Great to hear @jo_salter today talking about her experiences as Britain’s first female fast jet pilot, inspiring the #NextGenRAF.…
Today we remember Flt Lt Garth Hawkins who sadly died 40 years ago. He was the only RAF fatality of the Falklands conflict. On 19 May 1982, the 846 Naval Air Sqn Sea King he was on crashed into the sea after what was thought to be a bird strike. Read more:
Puma helicopters from the Royal Air Force have deployed to Solenzara Air Base, Corsica to take part in the French Rotary Wing Mission Commanders Course. Missions commenced with a simulated Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO). @Armee_de_lair
.@RAFPhotog SAC Cann captured these stunning images of 15 Squadron @RAF_Regiment training on Exercise Red Flag Alaska. Read more about Exercise Red Flag here:
As part of a long tradition of naming military aircraft, the RAF’s newest aircraft based at @RAFNortholt has been named Envoy IV. The name reflects the aircraft’s role in transporting members of the @RoyalFamily, Cabinet ministers & senior military leaders on diplomatic visits.
Champions!!! 🏆 The@RoyalAirForcee under 23s side has won the President's Cup. 👏 Th#RAFAF team beat the Royal Netherlands Air Force 3-2 at the home o@HWFCOfficialal. ⚽️ Get the full match report �
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RAF personnel currently deployed in Romania as part of 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, have recently delivered a Logistics presentation to Cadets at the Romanian National Defence University in Bucharest. Read more:
Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), read Owain’s story below with a foreword from Air Commodore Burns, ACOS Pers Pol. #IDAHOBIT2022 #EverybodyEverday
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Royal Air Force personnel have participated in Exercise Red Flag (Alaska), a large multi-national air and ground exercise conducted across one of the largest aerial training areas in the World. OC 15 Squadron @RAF_Regiment, Sqn Ldr Woodcock, explains the purpose of the exercise.
Have you completed the @NHSEngland survey on veterans mental and physical health services? If not, make sure you do to help the #NHS improve care for #veterans and their families. Survey here:… @VeteransGateway @VeteransGovUK @DefenceHQ @nickymurdochMBE
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This week’s #InsideAIR is all about the return of the @cosfordairshow. Learn what it takes to organise this huge event and get 10 top tips from an official @RAFPhotog for capturing the best moments from the aircraft displays. Listen now:…
Royal Air Force personnel joined colleagues from the @RoyalNavy and @BritishArmy to celebrate at the Royal @windsorhorse Horse show this weekend, as Her Majesty The Queen continues to mark her #PlatinumJubilee.
Preparing to launch for Op Chastise from @RAFScampton 79yrs ago, Wing Commander Guy Gibson would lead 617 Sqn, 133 aircrew in 19 Lancasters, on an audacious bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley this time tomorrow #RoyalAirForce #Dambusters
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The @RAFFPForce are getting ready to undertake a world first flight around the UK coastline on Paramotors, in August, to celebrate the @RAF_Regiment turning 80 & the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF Armoured Car Companies. Read more:
4 crews with a single C-130J Hercules have deployed from @RAFBrizeNorton to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, from where they have flown up to 11 hours each day thanks to a near 100% serviceability rate provided by the work of RAF engineers. More:
In our latest blog post, Volunteer Norman Brice explores the role of the Handley Page Victor and aerial refuelling during the Falklands War.… #Falklands40
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A C-17 Globemaster from @RAFBrizeNorton has discreetly conducted a HALO drop. 🪂 Pathfinders from@16AirAssltBCTT jumped from 18,000ft in to North Macedonia as part of the major multinational exercise#ExSwiftResponsee. Read
As part of Her Majesty The Queen's #PlatinumJubilee, @RAFMusic will be at this weekend’s Royal @windsorhorse Show, joining colleagues from the @RoyalNavy and @BritishArmy in a special tri-Service orchestra as well as performances from RAF Pipes & Drums.
Pre-season training for the @rafredarrows is well underway and the team is excited to be preparing for a summer full of great events. This year they will display with a seven-aircraft formation, rather than nine – find out more here:
Today is National #ODPDay - a day to celebrate Operating Department Practitioners and their contribution to healthcare services. Not sure what an RAF ODP does? Find out more here: @RAFMedServices
RAF personnel from 140 Expeditionary Air Wing have taken part in the Romanian National Independence Day parade and celebrations in Constanta, Romania. 140 EAW are currently deployed in Romania on the @NATO enhanced Air Policing mission. Full story:
Today marks the 110th anniversary of 1(F), 2(AC) and 3(F) Sqns, which flew the first military aircraft in the UK as part of the Royal Flying Corps. They now fly Typhoons from @RAFConingsby & @RAFLossiemouth, contributing to UK QRA's and deployed operations around the globe.
Many congratulations to our outstanding @RoyalAirForce recipients, and all those across @DefenceHQ recognised in today’s Operational Honours List. Thank you for your exceptional service protecting and defending our nation.…
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This week, two quick reaction alert Typhoons from @RAFLossiemouth have temporarily relocated to @RAF_Leeming as part of a programme of exercises to ensure the fighter jets are always ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Read more:
It was a great pleasure to welcome the Commander Turkish Air Force to the UK. We met in @DefenceHQ to discuss greater Air Force collaboration, bilaterally and through @NATO_AIRCOM, then to @Raf_coningsby to view the UK Quick Reaction Alert @RAFTyphoonTeam & @RAFBBMF #WeAreNATO
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The latest Operational Honours & Awards list is available here: Congratulations to all of the Royal Air Force and military personnel who have been recognised!
Typhoons from @12Sqn @RAFConingsby have joined @BeAirForce F-16s for a remembrance ceremony at Vroenhoven Bridge, in Belgium. The event remembers the heroism & sacrifices of the Fairey Battles of 12 Sqn RAF and Belgian 5th Sqn on 11th-12th May 1940. More:
🎶 Members of The Royal Family mingled with guests while@RMBandServicee and The@RAFMusicc Squadronaires played. Today was the first Garden Party at Buckingham Palace since 2019. Find out more about Garden Parties
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2nd Bn @TheParachuteReg are delivered into action by @RoyalAirForce Chinook and US Army Blackhawk helicopters during Ex Swift Response in North Macedonia.🇲🇰 Commanding the exercise i@16AirAssltBCTCT, the global response force. Read…MK#UnifiedStancecVd
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On Red Flag Alaska the @RAF_Regiment have used their ability to fast rope from a helicopter to simulate the extraction of a pilot shot down behind enemy lines. Regular capability training keeps the @RAFFPForce at the highest level of readiness to support global air operations.
Whatever your @RoyalAirForce team, mental health is something everyone needs to care about, and everyone has a part to play. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek @JakeAlpertRAF…
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From supporting @NHSuk workers, to providing critical care on deployments - this #InternationalNursesDay the Royal Air Force would like to express its immense gratitude for all that our Nurses do. We profiled 5 RAF Nurses to learn more about their roles:
The @qcsofficial is renowned for its Continuity Drill Displays but will be at this weekend’s @windsorhorse, joining colleagues from the @RoyalNavy and @BritishArmy as part of a special tri-Service guard of honour marking Her Majesty The Queen's #PlatinumJubilee.
Radar operators @RAFWaddington have relocated to a new hub @RAFConingsby, as part of a £1.5bn upgrade of UK air traffic management for the UK Armed Forces. Full story: @DefenceES
Just because we wear a uniform, it doesn't mean we're all ok. In #MentalHealthAwarnessWeek, I share my journey and the impact on my family. I'm grateful for the help that I found within the @RoyalAirForce. #ItsOkNotToBeOk.…
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In this video, Warrant Officer @JakeAlpertRAF shares his personal battle with mental health brought about from operational deployments, coupled with the sad loss of a colleague & his father. See how he eventually found support through @RAFChaplains. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
NATO Exercise #SwiftResponse 🇲🇰 is underway! UK battlefield helicopter@RoyalAirForcece Chinooks an@BritishArmymy Apache work together, transportin@16AirAssltBCTCT soldiers during a live firing exercise phas#AcrossAllBoundariese#UnifiedStancec#NorthMacedoniaiAH
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As a global commons, space has always been a place of collaboration, internationally, and with military, civilian and commercial partners. This week, space leaders from around the world met at #DefenceSpace2022 to discuss our common aims & challenges. @DefenceHQ @UKSpaceCmd…
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RAF C-130J Hercules aircraft @RAFBrizeNorton have conducted a low level formation training sortie. With the sun setting, the aircraft flew out over the Bristol Channel where pilots from Numbers 47 & @24SqnRAF conducted simulated formation airdrops. More:
Prometheus-2 launches this summer from @SpaceCornwall. The first launch of a UK satellite from the UK, and an exciting step towards our national space ambition. @UKSpaceCmd @VirginOrbit @spacegovuk…
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The @dstlmod Prometheus-2 mission is an exciting step forward for the UK in space. This mission, a collaboration between @DefenceHQ & international partners including the US @NatReconOfc, is another example of the power of international collaboration in space. #DefenceSpace2022…
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The RAF medical team currently deployed as part of 140 Expeditionary Air Wing on Operation Biloxi in Romania, have taken part in a casualty evacuation exercise with the @USArmy. Full story: @ukinromania @NATO
“When we come away for rugby, it’s fantastic because we get that break.” Defence Minister Leo Docherty visited the Army men and women’s rugby teams in Aldershot where they discussed the importance of sports for mental health. #MentalHealthAwareness
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Snipers from 15 Squadron @RAF_Regiment are training with @USArmy #GreenBeret soldiers on Exercise Red Flag (Alaska). Specialists in fieldcraft and marksmanship, the sniper team provided mutual support from over 1 km away in a coordinated operation to destroy a remote radar site.
AVM Robinson, AOC 11 has visited Romania to meet RAF Personnel deployed there on @NATO Air Policing duties. Read more:
The First Lady of the United States of America, Dr Jill Biden, has met RAF personnel from 140 Expeditionary Air Wing currently serving in Romania. #USEmbassy Read more:
Over the Easter weekend a team from the @RAFOrienteering Association took part in the UK’s premier orienteering event, @thejkfestival in South Wales. The team of 17 were made up of experienced Regular, Reserve and Veteran members. Full Story:
Wondering what it takes to join the RAF? @RAFHalton have created a behind the scenes look so you can see what the process is like from start to graduation. Catch the final part of the series below or watch from Week 1 on our Youtube channel here:
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