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Pictured is the first of the UKs F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK Featured RAF Image

Pictured is the first of the UKs F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK

Pictured is the first of the UK's F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK.
Accompanied by two United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft from their training base at Beaufort, South Carolina.
The F-35B Lightning II will place the UK at the forefront of fighter technology, giving the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy a true multi-role all weather, day and night capability, able to operate from well-established land bases, deployed locations or the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be known in UK service as the Lightning II. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor but the UK is the only Level 1 partner with the US. A number of British companies, including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce will have significant industrial work-share in construction and development of the aircraft. The Lightning II will provide UK Defence with a 5th Generation (low observable, supersonic, enhanced data fusion), multi-role, all weather, day and night aircraft that will have the ability to operate from land bases as well as the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, the first of which is due to accept Lightning II onto her deck in 2018. This basing flexibility will give UK Defence a truly joint expeditionary Combat Air capability well into the 2030's. The RAF is the lead service for the operation of Lightning II and, like the Harrier before, the Joint Lightning II Force will be manned by both RAF and RN personnel

An RAF Atlas (A400M) Climbs toward the clouds Featured RAF Image

An RAF Atlas (A400M) Climbs toward the clouds

An RAF Atlas (A400M) Climbs toward the clouds over the spectators at RIAT.
The A400M will support the deployment of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force and will give the RAF a tactical and strategic-airlift aircraft capable of supporting all three services and be interoperable with other nations.
The aircraft will be capable of carrying a load of 25 tonnes over a range of 2000nmls at speeds comparable with pure-jet military transports.
It will be capable of operating either at low-level (down to 150ft agl) or at high-level altitudes to 40, 000ft, and it will be able to deploy troops and/or equipment between and within theatres of operation either by parachute (up to 108 paratroopers), or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips. It will also offer significant improvements in reliability, maintenance and operating costs over the C-130J fleet

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A Douglas C-47 Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, is shown flying in Featured RAF Image

A Douglas C-47 Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, is shown flying in

A Douglas C-47 Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, is shown flying in an air display as part of the 95th Anniversary of 4(AC) Squadron.
Dakota ZA947 currently wears the livery of 267 Pegasus Squadron, which flew in the Transport, Trooping and Re-supply roles in the Middle East and the Mediterranean Theatres during 1943/44.
This aircraft was adopted by Strike Command and issued to the BBMF in March 1993. The Dakota is a year-round workhorse for the BBMF being used in a variety of roles, including general support tasks, such as transporting groundcrew and equipment to display venues or other operating airfields. Importantly, as there are no other multi-engine tailwheel-configured aircraft in RAF service outside the BBMF, she is used for training aircrew for the BBMF multi-engine aircraft and in keeping the pilots of the Lancaster current on a multi-engine tailwheel aircraft during the winter months when the bomber is out of action.
Increasingly, though, the Dakota has become a display aircraft in her right and now appears regularly on the airshow either on her own or as part of a BBMF 3-ship formation, in company with a pair of fighters. She continues to be capable of para-dropping and is used in that role for special commemorative events. During 2004, original and authentic para-seats were re-fitted to the Dakota, returning the cabin interior to the original, wartime specification. In 2007 clearance was gained to drop the RAF freefall parachute display team, The Falcons and we will continue to drop them in 2008 and clearance is also expected imminently to drop the latest military static line parachute, thus enabling BBMF to drop the current generation of paratroopers