Royal Air Force

Amid lockdown, pilot lands at RAF base to “see the beach”

A British court fined a pilot £3,400 for flying in and out of Royal Air Force Valley while the airbase was officially closed...


London and Cambridge startled by RAF Typhoon’s sonic boom

The sonic boom of an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon was heard from London to Cambridge. The fighter was scrambled to intercept an unresponsive airliner....


WW2 female pilot Eleanor Wadsworth dies aged 103

Eleanor Wadsworth, who was one of the last women to have piloted fighters within the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, has passed away....


RAF P-8 Poseidon submarine hunters arrive in definitive base

After being temporarily based in Royal Air Force Station Kinloss, northern Scotland, the new-generation Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft of the British RAF finally reached their ultimate residence in RAF Station Lossiemouth. The base has undergone structure renovation to accommodate the new submarine hunters....


Royal Air Force plane completes special task in Sarajevo Airport

A United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 Globemaster arrived in Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ), the main international airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The giant landed to complete a special military task....


Fighter jets escort Ryanair flight for 3rd time in two months

Counter-terrorism police have arrested two men after Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept a Ryanair flight due to a potential threat onboard the aircraft. It is the third Ryanair flight in two months which was escorted by fighter jets.  Ryanair flight FR7364 was flying from Vienna (VIE), Austria, to London Stansted Airport (STN), United Kingdom, on August XX, 2020. During the flight, the onboard crew received an ale...


Royal Air Force deploys P-8 Poseidon to monitor Channel migrants

The British Ministry of Defence announced that the new P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) was flown from its base at Kinloss Barracks in Scotland to support Border Force Operations in the Channel....


RAF P-8 Poseidon monitors Russian warship for maiden mission

A P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out its first mission by monitoring a Russian warship cruising in the North Sea near the United Kingdom’s sovereign waters....


Ireland considers first fighter jet acquisition in 45 years

Currently, Ireland relies solely on the British Royal Air Force to defend the sovereignty of its airspace. This could change soon, however, as the government is reportedly considering acquiring fighter jets capable of carrying out interceptions in an increasingly contested environment....


NATO fighters intercept Russian bombers three times in one week

In recent days, multiple flights of Russian long-range aircraft near the British identification zone have put the Royal Air Force on alert. The latest one, on March 12, 2020, saw two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers being intercepted by a patrol of RAF Typhoon fighter jets....