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 Typoon Aircraft in the Middle East
A pair of Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft taking off from an airbase in the Middle East.
Royal Air Force personnel from 6 Squadron, RAF Leuchars, took part in a multinational exercise from 906 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) in the Middle East.
Exercise Shaheen Star 5, is a Combined Air Operation (COMAO) exercise conducted over the skies of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Typhoon aircraft from 6 Squadron based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland had the opportunity to work closely with land and maritime components to demonstrate the aircraft's Multi Role Combat Ready (MRCR) capabilities.
The training provided an ideal opportunity to use the Typhoon's state of the art avionics suite and targeting pod in a three-dimensional battle space allowing the crew to prosecute rapidly changing targets in the air and on the ground. All Squadron personnel gained valuable experience in collaborating with coalition partners. The sheer complexity of Shaheen Star 5 tested aircraft, personnel and their training to the full.
Close Air Support (CAS) sorties were conducted and fully integrated with Forward Air Controllers (FAC) on the ground, provided by their UAE partners. The ample training opportunity throughout the exercise allowed the Squadron to develop further its MRCR capability.
Joint operations with HMS Dragon, one of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers in the region, proved to be a real success. This additional dynamic element provided invaluable experience to all involved. The multi-role Typhoon was able to adapt to any given situation, demonstrating its outstanding capability within the ever-changing environment