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RAF Typhoon Display Team Jet for 2014
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 and their prim, ary role is to provide support to air operations and train new pilots on the Eurofighter Typhoon airframe. They are also home to the Eurofighter Typhoon Display Team, with pilot Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Noel Rees piloting the display and supported by squadron engineers and other station personnel.
The tail was designed by Adam Johnson of Adam Johnson Concepts and painted by Serco contractors based at RAF Coningsby. It took 4 days to complete and contains the squadrons eblem, the buzzard and it's famous XXX.
The purpose of the Typhoon Display team is to show audiences its varied and expansive capabilities. The multi-role fighter jet is the newest in the RAF and the most advanced. It recently saw it's first combat experience over Libya in 2011 and were deployed to Cyprus to protect the Sovereign Base Area last year. There are currently four Typhoon Squadrons based at RAF Coningsby; 29(R) Sqn; 41 Test & Evaluation Squadron (TES); 11 Fighter (F) Squadron and 3 Fighter (F) Squadron. It is also home the the Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) South squadron, who can be launched at anytime to police British Airspace as required. This was called into action most recently intercepting a Pakistani Airlines flight which was reported hijacked last year. There are also a further two Squadrons based in Scotland at RAF Leuchars as well as QRA North.
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Shark Attack by Squadron Leader John Eklund, an RAF Reservist with 7644(VR) Squadron.
An RAF Typhoon appears like a shark from the depths. This photograph was taken from the back of a transport aircraft over a lake in the Baltic region where the Typhoons are currently deployed in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Role. Typhoons also secure the skies over the UK and the Falkland Islands to protect the Nation's airspace. In order to do this they maintain a constant 24/7 QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) force. RAF Typhoons were also deployed in support of Op ELLAMY over Libya.Sqn Ldr John Eklund is an RAF Reservist and in his military role he works for 7644(VR) Media and Communications Squadron based at RAF High Wycombe.
This year, for the first time, the RAF is asking the public to vote for their favourite image in one of the categories. The judges have selected a shortlist of 9 of the best photographs from the whole competition and the public can now vote for their favourite image. This will become the People's Choice: Image of the Year'. Voting is at:raf.mod.uk/photo-of-the-year-2014
Voters will be entered into a free prize draw when they tweet their vote for a chance to win an iPad Mini with a Red Arrows 50th Anniversary universal cover and an iPhone 5S cover. Voting opens today and closes at midnight on 27th August. The winning Photo will be announced at the Presentation Ceremony on 2nd September.
Winning Images from the RAF Photo Competition:
Each year, stunning photographs are published following the RAF Photographic Competition and the winning military and civilian photographers are named.
The Royal Air Force Photographic Competition judging has recently taken place at the RAF Museum, Hendon. The judges were; Alan Sparrow, Chairman of the Picture Editors Guild and Executive Picture Editor of the Metro; David Clapp the renowned landscape and travel photogra
RAF Tornado GR4 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.
The Tornado GR4 Detachment, currently manned by II(AC) Squadron, stands ready to launch at a moment's notice in support of Afghan-led ground forces anywhere in Afghanistan, and regularly delivers vital close air support to provide friendly forces with an edge over insurgents. Increasingly, the GR4 employs shows of force to deter insurgents, helping break contacts with the enemy without the need to release weapons.
When necessary, however, the aircraft can use precision weapons to attack ground targets. The aircraft also provides critical detailed intelligence and reconnaissance through its state-of-the-art RAPTOR and LITENING-III sensor equipment, enabling Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing to provide ground commanders with detailed information about the battle-space.
904 Expeditionary Air Wing (904 EAW