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C17 Transport Aircraft Taking Off from RAF Brize Norton
A Royal Air Force 99 Squadron C17 aircraft taking off from RAF Brize Norton providing air transport assistance to France for the Central African Republic (CAR).
The C17 is capable of rapid, strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases anywhere in the world, or directly to more temporary forward operating bases owing to its short field capability. The design of the aircraft allows it to carry out high-angle, steep approaches at relatively slow speeds, thus allowing it to operate into small, austere airfields onto runways as short as 3, 500 feet long and only 90 feet wide.
The aircraft can operate into and out of problematic sites such as those surrounded by inhospitable terrain or made difficult by adverse weather conditions. The fully-integrated, electronic flight-deck and the advanced cargo-handling systems allow a basic crew of only two pilots and one air loadmaster to operate the aircraft.
On the ground, the aircraft can be turned in a very small radius and its four Pratt & Whitney engines are fully reversible, giving it the ability to manoeuvre into and out of restricted parking or freight-offload areas at undeveloped strips.
This enables the C-17 to deliver cargo to small airfields with limited parking space in a shorter time, so increasing throughput where time on the ground is kept to a minimum. The C-17 can transport 45, 360kgs of freight over 4, 500 nautical miles whilst flying at heights in excess of 30, 000 feet
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Minister Announces New Typhoon Squadron
A Royal Air Force Typhoon of 1(F) Sqn pictured during Exercise Capable Eagle. The exercise is 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 includes Mirage 2000N aircraft of the Escadron de Chasse 2/4 "La Fayette".
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 aircraft's 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
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RAF Spitfire with D-Day Invasion Stripes
Warming Up for D-Day'
A newly painted BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) Spitfire at RAF Coningsby its maiden flight in specially painted 'D-Day Invasion Stripes'.
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 is open 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 photographer; and Paul Hudson from the RAF Museum