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Bowled over Forces salute at Duke of Edinburgh's last public engagement Members of the Armed Forces saluted HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as the 96-year-old Prince carried out his last official Royal engagement – taking the salute at a military parade. Rain failed to dampen the Royal retirement as Prince Philip chatted to serving military personnel and veterans during a Royal Marines parade outside Buckingham Palace. A former serving Royal Navy officer until 1951, the Prince is the Captain General of the Royal Marines and has held a number of honorary positions within the RAF. He was appointed as

Honorary Air Commodore in Chief of the Air Training Corps – a position he handed on to The Duchess of Cambridge in 2015 as he began to scale down his Royal duties. He was awarded the rank of Honorary Marshal of the RAF the following year and was presented with his pilots 'Wings' in 1953. He was made an Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Kinloss in 1977 and Air Commodore of the University Air Squadron in 1983. lSee p7 for a look back at the Prince's long association with the RAF

ROYAL FAREWELL: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh wearing a traditional bowler hat signs off from public duties at a Royal Marines parade at Buckingham Palace PHOTO: MOD

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Simon Mander RAF SURVEILLANCE experts have returned home after two months supporting air strikes against the Islamist Daesh terror group in the Middle East. A 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron Sentinel R1 aircraft landed back at RAF Waddington after a tour in which the information they captured helped the Iraqi Army and their coalition allies successfully recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul. Officer Commanding 5 Sqn Wing Commander Chris Melville said: “It is always difficult to recognise the work of my Squadron

due to the sensitive nature of it, but today is an opportunity to publicly congratulate them on a job well done.” During this tour the Sentinel crew used the aircraft’s powerful radar to identify and track numerous targets over great distances, passing the information in near real time to friendly forces. The information gathered was also used to generate intelligence passed to commanders and decision makers enabling them to plan future operations. The Sentinel has been deployed in support of operations for two months and during that time was airborne for 235 hours, or the

Sky eye: Sentinel fitted with array of sensors to target terror groups operating across Iraq and Syria. PHOTOS: CPL GRAHAM TAYLOR

equivalent of nearly 10 days, with the typical sortie lasting for 10 hours. During this time the aircraft flew approximately 4200 miles. Sqn Ldr Tom, a member of the crew, said: ‘We are very proud of

the work that we collectively do as a squadron here. “It gives the crews immense satisfaction to see the end product of their efforts and the effect of this on current operations.’

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The £1bn air power revolution New fleet of combat, transport and rotary trainers to fast track frontline pilots and aircrews Simon Mander The first of a new generation of training aircraft to improve the way UK forces prepare pilots and crew for frontline duty has been delivered to the RAF. The latest acquisition, as part of a £1.1billion MoD investment, the Phenom Embraer 100 touched down at RAF Cranwell where it will be put through its paces before replacing the King Air, currently used to train the RAF’s latest Top

SAC Craig averts cat-astrophe Staff Reporter Mount Pleasant A quick-thinking airman catnapped a rogue kitty which ran onto the runway during a medical evacuation flight from the Falklands. Cpl Craig Vint spotted the animal as it ran towards the RAF Hercules and tried to climb onto the rear ramp as the crew went

through their final checks before taking off to transport a seriously ill patient to a mainland hospital. The Marham based SAC leapt into action when he noticed the animal in the dispersal area and gave chase across the runway, managing to grab it before it had a chance to scamper on board the departing aircraft. Craig locked the animal in the 1312 Flt office where it was later

collected by an animal welfare group. SAC Vint, who is currently deployed with 905 EAW at Mount Pleasant Airfield, was presented with an Air Safety Award for his actions which prevented the mercy flight from being delayed, endangering the patient. here kitty kitty: SAC Vint after receiving his award from Commanding Officer 905 EAW, Wg Cdr Simon Batt

Guns in June 2018. The changes come after a National Audit Office report criticised the time rookie aircrew spent in ageing and obsolete aircraft before joining frontline squadrons. Five new aircraft types, including the Phenom, will be introduced over the next two years to speed up the delivery of crew to operational units The Prefect Grob 120TP, with speeds of up to 240 knots, will replace the Tutor for elementary flying training at RAF Cranwell and

Barkston Heath. It is now ready for training use with the first students expected to fly it by December. So far, nine Prefects out of a total of 23 have been delivered. The Texan Beechcraft T6 takes over the basic flying training duties of the Tucano T1, to be delivered at RAF Valley. The first Texan is due to arrive in August 2018 and begin training in January 2019. The Juno Airbus H135 and Jupiter Airbus H145 helicopters which supersede the venerable

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Squirrel and Griffin aircraft at RAF from the technology of the Hawk Shawbury. T1 to the Typhoon and could help There are currently nine out slash the time taken to prepare a of a total of 29 Juno aircraft at new fighter pilot from five to threeRAF Shawbury with three Jupiters and-a-half years. that will eventually replace the He said: “Bringing five new Griffin conducting mountain and aircraft types into service in a short maritime training at RAF Valley. timescale has provided a challenge The new programme is funded to but three of those aircraft are now on 2033 and delivered by Ascent Flight the military register with two to go. Training consortium, jointly “All of the future trainers owned by aviation giants could be seen together for Babcock and Lockheed the first time at RIAT.” Martin, which has Air Marshal Sean delivered advanced Reynolds, Deputy jet training since Commander 2008 and rear Capability and crew training since Air Member for 2009. Personnel and It also provides Capability, said: for the first time “The programme synthetic learning is providing the on both elementary future generation of simulator flying and basic helicopter military aircrew with training courses. the chance to learn in modern United Kingdom Military aircraft supplemented by the latest Flying Training System programme synthetic training equipment. manager, Captain Rocky Salmon, RN “The challenge of restructuring said: “The new system is designed to the whole of the military flying provide a better, faster and more cost- training system has provided the effective flying training system for all opportunity to provide the frontline three armed services. with people that are better prepared “This will be achieved by reducing for the challenges they will face. the capability gap between training “Having flown the Prefect and frontline aircraft, optimising the and experienced the increased time spent in training and reducing capabilities it has over the Tutor, the cost to defence.” our real challenge will be to unlock The new trainers will narrow the full potential of this stunning the leap future pilots currently face new training system.’

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Lightning strikes 100,000 hours The Lockheed Martinbuilt F-35 Lightning has passed the 100,000 hours flight hours benchmark during recent testing at Forth Worth. Recent trials have included air skijump take offs, high mach load tests and weapons accuracy assessments. A Lockheed spokesman said: “The 100,000 hours milestone is a significant level of maturity for the program and the weapons systems. “We are well-positioned to carry out air vehicle and mission systems

software development by the end of this year.” The fifth generation stealth fighter, due to enter service with the RAF and Navy next year has recently carried out accuracy tests of the UK weapons fit including AIM-132 ASRAAM and laser guided Paveway IV bombs. The UK will receive 138 F-35b Lightning aircraft which will operate from RAF Marham and the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.


RAF veteran Hardy dies ACTOR ROBERT Hardy, who served with the RAF during World War II, has died aged 91. The stage and screen star, whose memorable roles ranged from Sir Winston Churchill to Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films, trained to fly in Texas and held the rank of Sergeant. Born in Cheltenham on October 29, 1925, Hardy read English at Oxford where he became close friends with fellow student Richard Burton. Both had their studies interrupted when they were called up for war service. After the war Hardy returned to Oxford, and gained his degree. He went on to star with Burton in the 1965 film The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. One of Hardy’s best-known roles was as the vet Siegfried Farnon in the long-running BBC TV series All Creatures Great and Small. He was awarded the CBE in 1981 for his services to acting,

Logi Claire tops UK women’s poll

Air Force logistician Sgt Claire Ryer been voted one of the UK’s top women role models in a national poll. Airwoman Claire was nominated for a Rising Star award in recognition of her work with civilian and forces charities and her campaign to help homeless people get back on their feet Claire, currently serving in the Middle East, is one of just two RAF women to receive an award this year. She said: “It was a complete surprise, I still don’t know who nominated me. “I am really humbled and very overwhelmed by the support and kind words I have had.”

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News end of an era

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HRH, 96, retires from a life of dedicated public service

As the Duke of Edinburgh carried out his last solo public engagement before retiring from royal duties this month at the age of 96, RAF News looks back on his long association with the Royal Air Force. Although Prince Philip ended his naval career in July 1951, he has remained very closely connected to the Armed Forces. For his final official duty the Duke, as Captain General of the Royal Marines, attended a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge fundraising event outside Buckingham Palace (main picture). In 1952 he was appointed Honorary Air Commodore-inChief of the Air Training Corps. The Duchess of Cambridge succeeded him in the role in December 2015. In 1953 the Duke was awarded the rank of honorary Marshal of the Royal Air Force and was also awarded

his pilot’s wings, by ACM Sir William Dickson, Chief of the Air Staff. An RAF examining unit described the Duke’s flying as ‘thoughtful with a sense of safety and airmanship above average.’ He was Honorary Air Commodore of No 601 (County of London) Squadron from 195357, made Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Kinloss in 1977 and Air Commodore of the University Air Squadron in 1983. RAF photos courtesy of the Air Historical Branch

JULY 1996: Meeting apprentices at 2 School of Technical Training at RAF Cosford, Shropshire

August 1966: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Central Flying School at Little Rissington in Gloucestershire. Here, Prince Phillip is pictured meeting pilots of the RAF Aerobatic Team The Red Arrows, who were part of the way through their second display season. It was during this visit that the team performed with nine aircraft for the first time

June 1958: The Duke climbing the access ladder of Vulcan B.1 XA900 of 230 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire, prior to his first flight in V-bomber

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High speed repair nets award for Puma team

Chopper is airborne 30 mins after electrical fault causes emergency landing Simon Mander A Puma helicopter made an emergency landing during a mission in the Afghan capital Kabul when the aircraft suffered an electrical fault. The 33 Sqn chopper landed safely at Bagram airfield after the technical glitch started shutting down vital aviation systems. An aircraft recovery team were called in and identified a fuse component that had worked itself loose. The fault was quickly rectified and the helicopter was back in the air within half an hour. The RAF has two Puma II helicopters based at Bagram transporting up to 400 politicians and military personnel across the region and providing air transport between the capital and Jalalabad. The Air Force recovery team

support: Sqn Ldr Tom Barry at the Toral Aviation Detachment near Kabul

deployed with the UK’s Toral aviation detachment in Kabul is on standby to ensure the Air Bridge around the Afghan capital keeps functioning. The detachment also supports American forces across the region by providing emergency medical emergency cover during the harsh winter months. Following the alert the Recovery team has been presented with an Air

kabul alert: Engineering acres called in after RAF chopper was forced down by electrical fault PHOTOS CPL BABBS ROBINSON

Safety Award for their swift action repairing the fault and getting the Puma airborne in less than an hour. Detachment team leader Sgt Blackman said: “The rarity of

Forces rugby legend Rory touches down at Scampton RAF rugby legend Rory Underwood took to the skies with the Red Arrows as preparations ramp up for the first-ever Scampton Airshow. Former RAF pilot and England star Underwood was joined by Eastern Airways’ boss Richard Lake and local STEM campaigner Keith Batty to promote the show at the Arrows’ home base in Lincolnshire. Humberside Airport chief Richard Lake said he hoped the displays would inspire a new generation of aviation enthusiasts. He said: “Waddington was recognised as one of Europe’s major air shows. Now it’s now time for Scampton to take the lead. “It’ll be a different style and flavour of event, equally as enjoyable, but with a more civilian and family atmosphere, it will be a great two-day event.” Departing Red Arrows Team Leader Squadron Leader Dave Montenegro, now in his final display season, said the return of an airshow to the county was a chance for the team to thank local residents. He said: “We have a training area that covers a six-mile radius around Scampton that we use, thanks to the

spares is a major problem. “An austere detachment like ours only has a limited supply of parts and equipment and sourcing replacements can take a while to

send out. “If an aircraft is not repaired quickly and another one also develops faults, the whole operation could be grounded.”

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support of the local community. “To have 60,000 people watch us over the two days of the airshow weekend at our home base from a personal point of view is fabulous.” Against a backdrop of three historic aircraft from Scamptonbased Hawker Hunter Aviation,

Airshow Director Paul Sall spoke about the significance of the former Dambusters’ base in the RAF’s illustrious 99-year history. He said: “There is no better place for this event than Scampton. It is the Arrows’ home and in the heart of Lincolnshire, RAF Bomber County.”

caterer SAC Jenny Storey has launched a bid to conquer the infamous Heavenly Ladder section of the Great Wall of China. The challenge includes scaling the daunting 45 degree 1000-step incline and trekking through 11 watchtowers. Waddington-based Jenny, left, is hoping to raise cash for the RAF Benevolent Fund during the week-long hike – and help rebuild a section of the famous structure between Juyongguan and Badaling along the way. She said: “The Heavenly Ladder section is the most daunting part. “Once I am at the top I can take a cable car down or opt for the toboggan slide descent from 780m up, which sounds like a lot of fun.”

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Bomb dog Dee earns his stripes

Romania as UK jets

SNIFFER DOG Dee reported for duty at RAF Lossiemouth – after being appointed as the station’s mascot. The six-year-old Spaniel had faced early retirement from the Forces after losing his front leg in an accident. But the military working dog earned his stripes because of his position as top dog with Lossiemouth’s other canine workers. Handler Cpl Adam Renson said: “Dee has such a relaxed personality he helps our other working dogs destress after their duties.

UK Typhoons launch to intercept Russian bombers over Black Sea


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from the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta where four UK fast jets are currently based supporting the NATO mission to guard its borders in Eastern Europe. The Typhoon monitored the route of the Russian aircraft which later veered south away from the Black Sea sea region. The RAF pilot who launched the mission, Wg Cdr Lewis Cunningham, said: “We took down the details, ran to the aircraft and I took off within the prescribed timeline. “It’s satisfying. We spotted that there was something happening and then very quickly the ’phone call came and we were running out of the door.” It is the first time the RAF has been scrambled since arriving in the country to take up Enhanced Air Policing duties in May this year. The alert comes as Britain increases its military presence across Eastern Europe as

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rolls out red carpet face first scramble VIP welcome: Membersof the Romanian military on parade as RAF chief ACM Sir Stephen Hillier arrives at MK airbase where UK Typhoons are currently stationed PHOTO: SAC NICHOLAS EGAN

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Handover: Outgoing station chief Gp Capt Manning (left) welcomes Gp Capt Carver at Northolt

Hercules veteran moves to Northolt Frontline Hercules pilot Gp Capt David Manning has taken command of RAF Northolt. Gp Capt Carver joined up in 1986 and has served a number of operational tours with 24 and 47 Sqns, including Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. Speaking after taking up the post he said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as station commander at such a diverse and key strategic airbase, particularly with the RAF 100 anniversary next year.”

part of NATO’s enhanced forward presence along the Russian border with Estonia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. In Estonia an 800-strong Britishled battle group will work alongside French and Danish Forces to counter Russia’s increasingly assertive military stance in the region. The UK has also committed more than 300 vehicles to support Estonia during this deployment, including Warrior infantry fighting vehicles, Challenger 2 tanks, AS90 self-propelled artillery guns and Terrier, Titan and Trojan armoured battlefield engineer vehicles. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, arrived at the MK airbase to meet members of the RAF’s 135 Expeditionary Air Wing and Romanian defence chiefs. Sir Stephen later travelled to the NATO command and operation centre at the Torrejon air base in Spain, which monitors allied space over the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and part of the Atlantic. ACM Hillier said: “This is our first significant detachment into Romania, and demonstrating that

commitment I know is reassuring to them. “It’s also an important message for the UK overall in NATO to say that the breadth of our capability is significant. “It demonstrates with air power, what the Royal Air Force can contribute for a relatively small detachment, we’re really sending an important strategic message which

is definitely heard by others.” The RAF swing role fighters are also supporting major Alliance military training exercises in Lithuania, Romania and the Czech Republic. Combat jets from 3 Sqn are taking part in surface based air defence training involving more than 2000 personnel and 800 vehicles. A Typhoon pilot said: “We come at the guys on the ground from a

number of different angles and different heights. The idea is to give them the chance to lock on to us. “It is not an opportunity they are going to get very often to try to track a Typhoon. It is a good opportunity to work across the nations.” As the RAF delivers on the UK pledge to defend the borders across the region from Russian aggression, crews are also winning over the hearts of the local population. Thousands flocked to see the Royal Air Force Typhoon perform at the Bucharest air show this month. Airshow visitor Emil said: “I think these are fabulous. To have the chance to see them up close and to talk with the people operating them is quite a privilege. I think it’s really important that we work together.” Roxanna attended the show with her 15 year-old son, Andrei. She said: “It makes me very proud that our aviators are working with other European forces. We have a lot to learn.” Andrei added: “It makes me feel safe. It makes me feel like we’re not alone.”

station tour: Members of the Scottish Parliament with Air Officer Scotland AVM Ross Paterson.

Typhoon tour for Scots MPs SCOTS MPS were given a tour of the RAF’s Typhoon squadrons guarding UK airspace at Lossiemouth as part of a region-wide tour of military bases across Scotland. The politicos arrived at the UK’s most northerly military station following the announcement of a £400 million investment programme ahead of the arrival of the RAF’s new fleet of P8 maritime patrol aircraft in 2020. Air Officer Scotland Air Vice Marshal Ross Paterson said: “Our parliamentarians were shown how Lossiemouth’s quick reaction alert interceptors help protect the nation’s airspace. “This was an opportunity to showcase the contribution of the RAF in Scotland and how we contribute to the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics agenda through our outreach programme.”

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Supermum Jen storms SAS test Staff Reporter RAF Waddington AIR FORCE mother-of-two Sgt Jen Galley has conquered a Special Forces fitness test in a time that would win her a place in the elite fighting force. The Waddington airwoman finished the gruelling 24km Fan Dance trek scaling both sides of the highest peak in Wales carrying a 45lb Bergen in just over six hours. The extreme endurance event follows the same route as an SAS stamina trial, over the 3000ft Pen y Fan peak in the remote

Brecon Beacons National Park. Superfit Jen, who is based with 14 Squadron at Waddington, was the first female competitor to complete the event, beating the Special Forces selection benchmark time of seven hours for the same course by almost 40 minutes. Jen said: “Completing the event is a massive accomplishment and something I am very proud of. “The Fan Dance is open to anybody so if you fancy an extreme physical challenge this event is the one for you.”

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Weapons boost for Typhoon Combat upgrade includes Storm Shadow, Meteor and Brimstone Staff Reporter RAF Typhoons will be fitted with a full range of the latest Meteor, Storm Shadow and Brimstone air to air and air to ground weapons by 2018. The UK’s top gun fast jet, currently spearheading attacks in the coalition fight against the Daesh terror group, will be upgraded to carry the full range of weapons currently used by the ageing Tornado GR4 – due to be retired in 2019. The Meteor ‘beyond visual range’ missile is designed to destroy fast-moving targets at long

range such as enemy aircraft and cruise missiles. The aircraft is also testing Storm Shadow cruise missiles used in Iraq and Syria to destroy well-defended reinforced structures such as military bunkers and command centres. The latest tests have been carried out by the RAF’s 41 (R) Test and Evaluation Squadron based at Coningsby under the Centurion programme designed to move the Tornado weapons platform to the Typhoon. Trials of Meteor and Storm Shadow follow the first live firing of the laser guided Brimstone missiles from Typhoon last month.

Brimstone is the RAF’s weapon of choice in combat operations in Iraq and Syria because of its pinpoint accuracy and ability to take out military targets with low collateral damage. An RAF spokesman said: “This is an important milestone in the Centurion programme. Operational testing and evaluation will include ground test and flight test work as well as familiarisation for pilot and ground crew.”

Crash alert tests Lossie crews RAF Lossiemouth personnel worked with civilian emergency services to tackle a ‘major incident’ as part of the station’s crash exercise training. Personnel from a variety of trades were put on alert and tested over two days as part of the station’s statutory incident training. A mock 999 call set the exercise in motion and an Emergency Control Centre was set up at RAF Lossiemouth. Emergency personnel, led by Post Crash Management Incident Officers, were then directed to a ‘crash site’ at nearby Kinloss Barracks. The RAF response teams worked with elements from the civilian police, fire, coastguard, and UK Search and Rescue on the exercise. The exercise was based on a scenario in which a two-seater jet crashed in a forested area and included civilian casualties. PHOTO: CPL ROB BOURNE

firepower: (from top) Fully loaded Typhoon in action; testing Storm Shadow cruise missiles; Brimstone strike in Iraq, inset left, close up of Brimstone missile. PHOTOS MOD

Golden boy Satch sticks his oar in Olympic oarsman Will Satch is the latest UK celebrity to give his backing to Forces charity SSAFA. The Rio Games gold medal winner joins war reporter Kate Adie, Corrie star Anthony Cotton and TV history man Dan Snow as an ambassador for the military welfare group’s ‘Got Your Back’ campaign . Will said: “I feel enormously proud to put my name to an organisation which not only supports our Servicemen and women, but also does so much to help their families too. I’m delighted to become the newest member of the SSAFA family.”

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Bloodhound set for debut run Staff Reporter RAF WORLD beater Wg Cdr Andy Green is set to drive the supersonic Bloodhound rocket car for the first time as he prepares to break his own world land speed record and smash the 1000 mph barrier. Rocket man Andy will be hoping to hit a modest 200 mph on the two-mile runway at Newquay in Cornwall during the car’s maiden run to test its brakes, steering and suspension. Project director Richard Noble said: “The runway trials will be the biggest milestone in the history of Bloodhound so far. “They will provide important data on the performance of the car and give us a first opportunity to rehearse the procedures we’ll use when we go record-breaking.” Bloodhound is powered by a Typhoon EJ 200 jet engine and a hybrid rocket developed by the European Space Agency producing a total of more than 130,000 hp.

The team will be mounting their world record attempt across the Hakskeenpan – a 12-mile stretch of a dry lake bed in South Africa next year. Wg Cdr Green is hoping to hit 1050 mph during a 45- second run to break the 770 mph world land speed record he set more than 20 years ago in the Thrust SSC jet powered car. At its top speed Bloodhound will be travelling faster than a bullet fired from a Magnum pistol – covering a mile in just 3.5 seconds. Plans to launch a record -breaking bid this year suffered a setback following funding problems. However with major sponsors now on board the team is confident Bloodhound will make its record run in 2018, a spokesman said. Wg Cdr Green added: “I have the best day job in the world as a pilot

with the RAF and that prepares me for the extremes that are part of driving Bloodhound. “With this car we are hitting the limits of jet fighter technology. “No aircraft has hit that velocity at 2500 ft, which is the height of the track at Hakskeenpan.” More than 5000 UK schools are involved in the project, which is also being backed by dozens of British technology companies. Fast jet aero engineers from the Royal Air Force’s 71 Sqn were brought in to design the tail fin for the vehicle while Army Royal Electrical Mechanical engineers will be providing support for the record bid in South Africa.


Tech Dragons enter MoD den UK space ace Tim Peake and F1’s Ron Dennis lead defence innovation drive UK ASTRONAUT Maj Tim Peake and F1 race supremo Ron Dennis joined the first meeting of a Dragons Den-style panel of UK tech experts as part of an £800 million drive to develop new combat kit. The pair joined Defence Minister Harriet Baldwin to lay out plans to encourage cutting edge British technology firms to submit ideas for the next generation of defence equipment. Other members of the new Innovation Advisory Panel include former pharmaceutical boss, Sir Andrew Witty, former GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan and technology expert Dr Ruth McKernan. Technology and defence firms will be asked to pitch their ideas to the panel who will use their knowledge and experience to champion groundbreaking ideas. Former McLaren race team boss Ron Dennis said: “Innovation is at the heart of what keeps the UK safe. “I’m delighted to join the other panel members who are all world leaders in their fields, to get to grips with the challenge of guaranteeing our security through innovation in Defence’s technology, culture, and research.” The panel is part of an £800 million government programme to fund experimental research into the next

PIONEERS: Ron Dennis, right, and Maj Tim Peake with Defence Minister Harriet Baldwin

FIRST BLOOD: Wg Cdr Andy Green in the cockpit of supersonic Bloodhound car, left, a glimpse at the layout of the jet fighter style controls, designed by the RAF pilot and world land speed record holder. PHOTOS: STEFAN MARJORAM

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Cadet cracks it AIR CADET Adam Burtonwood celebrates after coming up with a winning idea at an RAF science and technology event. More than 40 Air Cadets were challenged to design packaging to protect delicate objects during the four-day training session at RAF Wittering.

Air Chief Baz bags top spot FORMER RAF personnel chief Air Marshal Sir Baz North has been appointed as president of the Royal Air Forces Association. Sir Baz, who retired from the Service last year, will replace outgoing RAFA chief Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller Speaking after taking up the post at RAFA, Air Marshal North said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to those who have served our country so professionally while proudly wearing the uniform.”

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Feature The Berlin Airlift

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE But the RAF and the USAF pulled it off to create the world’s biggest air bridge and bring aid to Berliners brought to their knees in post-war Germany

POPULAR: US pilot Lt Gail Halvorsen, who dropped candy to the children of Berlin and became a goodwill ambassador for the airlift

WON’T GO SHORT: A Sunderland flying boat lands on Lake Havel with a cargo of salt

HUGE EFFORT: The final flight of Operation Vittles, showing the total amount of freight moved in the operation


ver 11 months from June 1948 to May 1949, British and American aircraft carried out the most ambitious airborne relief operation ever mounted, flying 2.3 million tons of supplies on almost 300,000 flights to save a beleaguered Berlin. Servicemen, who three years earlier had been bombing German cities, were now flying essential supplies to a city under siege – coal, salt and foodstuffs – in an operation of breathtaking logistical complexity. There was even the odd morale booster – a grand piano was delivered for the Berlin Philharmonic. In The Berlin Airlift – The Relief Operations that Defined the Cold War (, £20), historian Barry Turner draws on new research into the recently-opened American, British and German archives and face-toface interviews with veterans. He reveals the incredible logistical and political hurdles that were overcome to make the airlift a success, explains the context and explores its legacy, especially in

Germany’s economic and political ascendancy over Britain in the post-war recovery.

Here, Turner explains how senior RAF officer Air Cdre Rex Waite devised the plan for the airlift to help the people of Berlin who were left starving in the aftermath of World War II.

CHOCS AWAY: German boy with Hershey’s candy bars donated by US citizens

They said it could not be done. To keep a devastated city alive by bringing in supplies by air alone seemed an impossible dream. The logistical challenges were simply too great. Berlin was a divided city in a divided country. In the aftermath of war, defeated Germany had been split into four occupation zones with America, Britain and France to the west, Russia to the east. The same principle of divide and rule was adopted for Berlin. There were two problems with this. The western allies and the Soviet Union could not agree on a joint plan to govern the country. Secondly, Berlin was in the eastern zone which meant t h a t allied forces had to cross Soviet-held territory before they could reach the city. Moreover, in the general confusion that marked the end of the hostilities, there was no firm agreement in place for

FLAT OUT: Air traffic control at Wunstorf had to cope with a larger flow of traffic than ever before. Here, Aircraftsman Charles Currie, an air traffic control assistant, flashes a green Aldis lamp to the first of a wave of Dakota aircraft to signal that they may now taxi from the apron to the runway for another massed departure, September 16, 1948 PHOTO: Air Historical Branch (Royal Air Force)

There was no gas or electricity. Dogs were sold for meat and cats for their fur. For the typical Berliner, the meal of the day was a bowl of thin vegetable soup and a slice of black bread

KINDER SURPRISE: Berlin children re-enact the airlift for a propaganda photograph

access to Berlin except by air. There were those in high places in Washington and London who wanted to leave Berlin to the tender care of the Russians. Simply maintaining an allied garrison there was hugely costly in manpower and military resources. Conditions were horrendous. There was no gas or electricity, the gutters were open sewers and the streets were choked with rubble. Dogs were sold for meat and cats for their fur. For the typical Berliner, the meal of the day was a bowl of thin vegetable soup and a slice of black bread. But Berlin had political significance that could not be ignored. Now that the danger of Nazi domination had been lifted, the threat to western values came

from Moscow where Stalin seemed set on extending communist rule across the whole of Europe. To walk away from Berlin would be tantamount to surrender to Soviet bullying tactics. Commanding the American zone, the tough-minded General Lucius Clay was all for holding on. He had the backing of the British Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin, and in Washington, after initial wobbling, that of the newly-installed President, Harry S Truman. The test of their resolve came in June 1948 when Stalin signed the order to close all land communications between the western zones and Berlin. What was to be done?

The answer came from a senior RAF officer who had served on the planning staff of the D-Day invasion. For Air Commodore Rex Waite success in military planning called for bold thinking. Everybody was telling him that west Berlin could not be sustained by an air bridge. He set out to prove otherwise. Fixing on eight air bases that could be used for loading supplies, he plotted a schedule for three narrow corridors that would allow convoys of aircraft to land, unload and take off with precision timing. There were many obstacles, political and practical, to overcome before the Airlift became a fully-fledged

operation. But with America leading the way with the provision of the latest transport aircraft, the joint Anglo-American command under the charismatic leadership of General William Turner achieved the miracle. On May 11, 1949, the citizens of west Berlin heard that the blockade was to be lifted. Over 11 months, 300,000 flights had delivered more than two million tons of supplies to save beleaguered Berlin. It was the most ambitious airborne relief operation ever mounted and the clearest possible signal to Moscow that in the Cold War there would be no surrender.

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AUD is a passionate artist with arthritis and a bad leg, eager to get out into the world and free from her aunt's care to make a life for herself. Idly looking over paint cans in the store she hears the grunts of an inarticulate local wanting to put up an advert for a housekeeper. This is Everett Lewis, a stubborn and neanderthal-like man who has trouble communicating at all, much less show compassion.

The film, based on a true story, looks at how these two opposing personalities come together, as Maud gently forces her way into his life initially as his live-in maid, bringing with her warmth and colour, painting the walls and windows of his humble shack as a perfect metaphor. Maud has a romantic outlook on the world best encapsulated in her paintings that take the best from all seasons. Sally Hawkins is utterly transformed bringing this real folk artist to the screen: posture shrunken down with her shoulders brought in though her smile remains permanent. Hawkins is artful at magnifying small personal victories through her infectious smile, a trait reminiscent of her break-out role in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky but Maud is a little more meek, on the surface at least. Ethan Hawke plays against type as Everett, so often the sensitive one it's hard to believe his masculine posturing. Everett is shown as gruff and aggressive, hard on Maud from the outset and reluctant to hire her in the first place.


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The aftermath of war HOW DID the experience of World War II and memory of the bloodshed affect our lives? That's the question posed by Keith Lowe in The Fear And The Freedom that uses individual stories to show how leaders and ordinary people coped with the post-war world and turned one of the greatest traumas in history into an opportunity for change. The book has been described as the definitive exploration of the aftermath of WWII – and the impact it still has. It has been praised by critics including eminent military historian Antony Beevor who writes: “Keith Lowe has written an eloquent meditation on the aftermath and the long psychological tentacles of the Second World War. "Beautifully written and profoundly perceptive, The Fear And The Freedom confirms Lowe as one of our finest historians.” We have copies of The Fear And The Freedom to win. For your chance to own one, send your name and full postal address to us either by email, marked The Fear And The Freedom book competition,

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It's clear that his hostility comes from feelings of inadequacy and yet Maud never really has her moment. We see him grow passive to her, a comedic way of relaying that things have changed in the household. She cooks and cleans as required but continues to paint simply because he never tells her to stop. Whilst it is interesting to avoid the obvious moments, having Everett's

tenderness or understanding occur off-screen makes it hard to sympathise with. In all Maudie is a little slow and perhaps deservedly heavy on sentiment, with a relationship that is quite hard to engage with, but Hawkins' performance is a triumph. Review by Sam Cooney R'n'R Rating:


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Bloody April 1917 by Norman Franks, Russell Guest & Frank Bailey rrp £15

Outclassed in the air GRUB STREET have released an updated version of this study that first appeared in 1995. The original book was well received and this expanded edition with new photographs is to be welcomed and will no doubt gather a new readership in this, the centenary year of the events described. The authors, led by well known aviation historian Norman Franks, need no introduction for those with an interest in the subject. Suffice to say they are amongst the foremost experts in this field and have drawn on their wide circle of associates as well to create this study. April 1917 was a key moment in the air war on the Western Front as the Allies looked to use air power to support their Spring offensive and, for the British, this meant the Battle of Arras. For the Germans however the reorganisation of their Air Arm into the Jagstaffelns or Jastas plus the introduction of new improved fighters such as the Albatros DIIIs meant that the British and French airman found

themselves outclassed in the air. The book takes the form of a daily diary to analyse the combat in the air looking in turn at the activities on the British and French Fronts. Following each day’s narrative a statistical analysis of casualties and aircraft losses is included. Here then are the daily doings of

the famous and the not so famous in detail including the duels of Von Richthofen, Ball and Bishop in the skies over the Western Front. The strength of this book therefore is the narrative records in a very human way by identifying the actions of named aircrew. This humanises the actions for the reader in a way that traditional campaign records fail to do. The book concludes with four appendices that analyse the fighting and highlight the cost – particularly for the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service – of the fighting in terms of both people and aircraft. Laid bare is the mauling that the British in particular had received but the study concludes by highlighting the re-equipping of 56 Squadron with SE5s and the arrival in June of the Sopwith Camel. The tide had changes in the air. For those with an interest in this dark period of history for the British and French in the air on the Western Front this book is a must and is recommended. Review by Peter Singlehurst

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aguar Boys and Tornado Boys author Ian Hall’s latest book, Fast Jets and Other Beasts (, rrp £20) presents personal insights from the cockpit of the Hunter, Phantom, Jaguar,

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Tornado and many more. Over a 32-year military flying career that spanned a period when the RAF regularly replaced its fighter/bombers he had seven frontline flying tours on five different types. His story starts in Bahrain in the early 1970s just before the massive contraction that saw the RAF withdraw from the Middle and Far East. This first Hunter experience is followed by a home-based tour on a ground-attack Phantom squadron. But as the Phantom is about to be transferred to air defence duties, Ian is posted back to the Hunter on the staff of the tactical weapons unit. This tour, as a qualified weapons instructor, is cut short by a return to the frontline on the Jaguar, which he flies in the strike/attack role in Germany. Following an exchange with the Royal Norwegian Air Force during which he enjoys flying the

F-5A Freedom Fighter, he returns to the Jaguar as flight commander, then converts to the Tornado and commands a squadron. All these flying tours provide a rich seam of material for incisive, amusing and sometimes reflective observations from the cockpit. He also recalls impressions of various other types in which he flew as a guest including the Lightning, Harrier, F-14 Tomcat and F-16. We have three copies of the book to win. For your chance to own a copy, simply answer this question correctly: How long was Ian Hall’s military flying career? Email your answer, marked Fast Jets book competition, to: c omp e t it i ons @ r af ne w s . co. u k or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by September 8.

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an Aykroyd and John Goodman star in Blues Brothers 2000, along with appearances from blues legends BB King, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Eric Clapton. The long-awaited sequel to the 1980 comedy classic The Blues Brothers, memorably starring Aykroyd and John Belushi as siblings Elwood and Jake, this follow-up sees Elwood getting out of prison discovering that much has changed in the time he’s been away. His partner Jake is gone, his band is no longer together and the orphanage where he grew up has been demolished. Elwood soon realises that he must embark on a whole new mission – to assemble the old band, compete at Queen Moussette’s (Erykah Badu) Battle of the Bands and set a wayward orphan named Buster on the path to redemption. Aykroyd also stars in Sgt Bilko, alongside Steve Martin as the eponymous US military man. The film is based on the iconic 1950s television series The

Phil Silvers Show, starring Silvers in the title role. Bilko is the leader of a ragtag group of the sorriest soldiers ever to enlist in the US Armed Forces. Instead of training his troops for battle, he passes on his legacy of gambling and shunning responsibility. Times get tough however, when his base, Fort Baxter, is threatened with a shutdown, and a by-thebook adversary, Major Thorn (Phil Hartman), is intent on taking Bilko’s reputation down with it. We have copies of Blues Brothers 2000 and Sgt Bilko on Blu-ray (both certificate PG and rrp £14.99) to win. For your chance to win a copy of each of these films, send us the answer to this question: Who starred with Dan Aykroyd as Jake in the original Blues Brothers film? Send us your answer, marked Blu-ray competition, by email to: competitions@rafnews. c o. u k or by post to: RAF News, Rm 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE to arrive by September 8.

he was recently revealed as the next – and first ever female – Dr Who, but before she boards the Tardis for her first outing as the Dr, Jodie Whittaker stars in a very different role. She leads the cast in BBC One's new four-part psychological thriller Trust Me, by Dan Sefton (Good Karma Hospital, Delicious) as hardworking nurse Cath Hardacre who is sacked for whistleblowing after she raises her concerns about standards slipping at the hospital where she works. Cath turns to her best friend Dr Ally Sutton, who is leaving her life as an A&E doctor and emigrating to New Zealand with her new husband. At a drunken party Cath finds Ally's discarded paperwork and makes the desperate decision to take a second chance at life – by stealing her best friend's identity. Now calling herself Ally, Cath accepts a job at a failing emergency department in Edinburgh and embarks on a new life with her young daughter Molly. But with her good-for-nothing ex-partner Karl trying to spend time with them and a journalist chasing her about the issues at her former hospital, how will Ally cope with leading a double life?

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he show's creator, who has worked as a doctor, revealed that he had encountered imposters like Ally in real life. He said: "There was one in the department where I worked. Often they are well-liked and competent. I've also met qualified doctors who are frankly dangerous." Sefton explained that the cast spent time doing the kind of training that real doctors get. He said: "It was important. Everyone seemed to get into it, especially Jodie." He added: "This is a show that really gets under the skin of doctors, how they really think, act and talk. "I'd like people to see just how tough it is for doctors, nurses, paramedics and other professions like the police and fire service to have to deal with the aftermath of accidents, illness, violence and death. It's a tough job and it takes a heavy toll on the people who do it."


roadchurch star Whittaker said: "I love the fact Cath’s choices are quite morally dubious – they certainly aren't black and white. She makes decisions that are quite challenging to justify, even though we know her reasons. I've never acted in anything medical before, so it felt completely new." She was keen to do as much research into medical procedures as possible. She added: "Dan brought in the CPR dummy, and also very bravely let me put a cannula [tube] in his own vein. I did it right, thank goodness. “The genius of the internet is that you can basically sit at home and Google medical procedures, and TV shows such as 24 Hours in A&E, which I watched hours of. "My friend is a Sister in A&E

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ward-winning illusionist Derren Brown has returned to the stage for his new UK tour, Underground.

DR DEATH: New Dr Who Jodie Whittaker impersonates a hospital doctor in Trust Me. Inset below, Blake Harrison as her estranged husband, Karl

New Time Lord in medical drama thriller and I sent her a lot of messages asking 'how do you pronounce this?'‚ and 'what does that mean?' She was my personal medical coach.”


lake Harrison (best known as dim-witted Neil in the hit Channel 4 teen angst comedy The Inbetweeners) plays Karl who, after losing his job, found himself in the throes of alcohol addiction. Since separating from Cath, Karl has been in and out of rehab. When Cath moves to Edinburgh, it gives him the push to change his life for the better. He realises how much he misses Molly and vows to do all he can to be closer to her. But will Karl's good behaviour be

rewarded with the family reunion he longs for? Harrison said: "We meet Karl when he's six months sober but still struggling to financially support Molly. His struggles still have a negative impact on the ones he loves, but he is desperate to show he can be the father his daughter deserves. And possibly the husband Cath deserves. "He is a man in transition. He was selfish. He let his own desires get in the way of his ability to be a good father and husband; now he's exorcised those demons

and is trying to make amends.” Harrison recently became a father himself. He revealed that his biggest challenge while away from home filming Trust Me was being apart from his pregnant wife. He said: "I was constantly worried about getting a phone call saying she'd gone into labour and I'd have a mad rush to fly home in time to be with her. "Thankfully, my son was born the day after I wrapped. Impeccable timing." n Trust Me is on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesdays.

DR WHO: Whittaker as the famous Time Lord. PHOTOS: BBC

It's the 15th year that he's toured, does he still find it rewarding? "I enjoy it more each year. This show has been a lot of work to get it to where it is but I’m very happy with it and responses have been great," he said. "It comprises favourite routines from previous shows. It was born from workshopping a ‘best of ’ show to take abroad to people who don’t know me. But it gained its own identity and people seem to really enjoy it even though they may have seen some or all of the previous shows from which the material is taken. Plus, I guess there are enough surprises for it not to be too familiar." More than a million people have seen Brown perform on stage, did he ever imagine that kind of popularity when he first performed live? He said: "Ha! No. The first show I performed was a dreadful, structureless, self-indulgent hypnosis show for my fellow students at Bristol University. My mum came up on stage and played along because she felt a bit sorry for me. Luckily, I was so enamoured with myself that I couldn’t see how awful it all was. I hope I’ve gained some sort of slither of perspective since." His book Happy was very well

received, has its success encouraged him to keep writing in a similar vein? Brown revealed: "I loved writing it and very much miss it. I’m eager to write something else but Happy took three years to write and I don’t want to rush it. But yes, very much so. I’m assembling my thoughts at the moment around a topic I find compelling and we’ll see how it goes." His ghost train ride at Thorpe Park is scaring a lot of people, what scares Derren Brown? He said: "Most of us live with one of two basic fears: that of abandonment or being overwhelmed. I’m very much in the latter camp. I like my space and quiet pursuits, and am unhappy when people make demands on me. It means I’m good at avoiding stress but sometimes so good that I don’t really embrace new challenges. "By comparison, someone with a fear of abandonment will tend to move towards stress to try to fix it, and will be prone to anxiety and taking too much on. I’m the opposite of that, which is why the Stoics (which I write a lot about in Happy) resonated with me so well." Underground tours to venues including Edinburgh, Cambridge, Woking and Buxton in August, to Southampton, Hastings and Oxford in September and finishes with a run at the Playhouse Theatre, London, from September 11 to October 14. n Go to: for more details.

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Ian and Denise McIntosh are looking for the following who attended their wedding in 1977 to come to a Ruby Anniversary reunion in September: John Woodyard, Grace Onion, Bob Keefe, John Riordan, Mick Waters, Bruce Norris, Ann Pevey, Roger Atkinson. Also looking for Keith Nichol and Wally Walton ex RAF Binbrook. Anyone who might know of their whereabouts please call: 07533 937987 or email: DANDIMAC@AOL.COM. B ass i ngbo u rn , Bircham Newton, Brampton, Cardington, Coltishall, Ely RAF Hospital, Feltwell, Halton, Henlow, High Wycombe, Honington, Markham, Medmenham, Oakington, Stradishall, Upwood, Wattisham, West Raynham, Wittering, Wyton. Memories of RC Chaplaincy to: Fr Keith Sawyer, 29 Fieldgate Road, Luton LN4 9TA, please call: 01582 848459. ARE YOU an ex student of the Hundred of Hoo Academy, Kent? Every year the Academy takes great pride in making its November remembrance assemblies different from previous years. The theme this year is 'boy soldiers’ The Academy wants to hear from any ex students who are serving now or who have served in any of the UK Armed Forces. The school would like to have a picture of you in school uniform alongside a picture in military uniform. If you are able to help please contact: or: or call: 01634 251443.

Reunions 249 Squadron Association Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 19 at North Weald Airfield, please contact T. Cullen at: tommycullen@virginmedia. com for further details. 5 Squadron Binbrook Lightnings – an all ranks informal gathering will be held at 11am on September 9 at the LPG QRA Shed, Bruntingthorpe, LE17 5QS. An evening do is also being held at the Piano Rooms, Lutterworth, LE17 4LN from 7pm. Meal, raffle, after dinner speaker and comic booked. Tickets cost £28. For more information please call FS Andy Burden on: 07539 260019 or call Mark Crowson on: 07856 234888 or go to the group Facebook site: 5 Squadron RAF Binbrook.

Cracking the code

SPIES LIKE US: Trainee secret agents can learn all about creating Lego spy bots

YOUNG VISITORS to the RAF Museum, Cosford this month can join in a Secret Spy Trail around the museum’s National Cold War exhibition and take part in Summer of Spies workshops – for secret agents in the making. The August 16 workshop is all about creating spy bots for the Mi5 Robotics Department. Participants will work with Lego Mindstorms to build and program their own Spy bots to solve a variety of problems and help James Bond keep Britain safe. The August 23 workshop is an introduction to coding for secret agents involving code challenges where groups will race against the clock to crack the code. Both workshops are suitable for ages 8 to 14. Two sessions will run each day, with morning workshops aimed at those discovering espionage for the first time, and afternoon sessions geared towards youngsters who are more familiar with coding (including those who completed the morning session), so they can build on their skills. Numbers for each session are limited, so you are advised to book your place in advance. Go to: cosford for more details. 504 Squadron Open Day and Reunion – September 15 at RAF Wittering. All former Sqn members are invited to see the Sqn demonstrate its current capability, tour the RAF Wittering and Sqn Heritage Rooms and attend a social with serving and former members. Contact the Dep Sqn Cdr via email: uk or write to: Flt Lt K Winks. 504 Sqn, RAF Wittering, PE8 6HB. 57thOM9s. Would any of you that are left like to get together for a final hurrah? I am quite prepared to do the organising. Just email me: collenvickers@gmail. com; or you can phone me: 01522 778909 or even visit me: 30 High Street, North Scarle, Lincoln LN6 9EP. I would suggest a date near September 21. 230 Squadron Reunion calling all existing and ex230 Squadron members. Annual All Ranks Reunion September 22-24 in Grantham. Contact Rod for details: rodgoodier@ 99th Entry RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentices 56th Anniversary of Attestation at

The Bentley Hotel, Lincoln, September 22-24. Email: jim. or call Jim on: 01529 461662. 99 Squadron Centenary Parade and Reception. 99 Squadron will be holding a parade at RAF Brize Norton on September 28 in celebration of 100 years since its formation. All serving, former members and Boeing associates are invited, along with their guests. There will also be a ticketed evening dinner and hangar party following on the same day. Please contact: Centenary99sqn@outlook. com for more information. PN course 86 trained at RAF Halton 1975-1977 – 40-year reunion October. Do you know anyone who trained there during that time or friends who might know anyone from the course? Please email Ann Newby née Coleby-Roe at: nursenewby@ or call: 07714 144522. No 214 (FMS) Squadron Association celebrates the formation centenary of 14 Sqn RNAS/214 Squadron over weekend of October 7-8 to include Reunion Dinner in Derby and memorial wreath-

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R'n'R Your Announcements You can email photos for announcements on this page. Send small jpg files (less than 1MB) to laying at Alrewas Arboretum. Former Squadron members/ families/friends welcome. Details at: uk or contact John Gulliver: 01983 873248 or no214fms@ 31 SQUADRON Goldstars Association holds its 102nd Anniversary Reunion from October 6-8 at the Marriott Hotel, Peterborough: Friday afternoon: flypast, followed by dinner and drinks in the evening; Saturday morning: AGM, followed by a Gala Dinner in the evening; Sunday morning: church service at St Andrews. All ex and current Goldstars – air, ground and partners – welcome. Spaces limited for the reunion dinner, book now to avoid disappointment. For more details and to book online visit the website: and go to the reunion section or call: 01522 689633. THE RAF and Defence Fire Services Association reunion will be held at The Aztec Hotel Bristol on the weekend from October 13. For details contact chairman Neil Slade on: 01252 492111; email: CALLING MTD/MTSS personnel who have served at RAF High Wycombe MT. The next reunion will be at the RAFA Club, High Wycombe at 7pm on October 14. Email: Steve Steer: stevesteer@hotmail. or call: 07891 673135. 23 Squadron Association Reunion AGM and Dinner will be held on October 28 at the Double Tree Hotel, Lincoln LN1 1YW. For more information please contact Colin Woolfson by email:; phone: 07803 617818. ULAS – University of London Air Squadron will hold its ex-members Annual Dinner at the RAF Club on October 28. For more information about the ULAS Ex-Members Association please contact Kevin Cooper via email at: kevin@ 115 Squadron 100th anniversary dinner will be held at RAF Wittering on November 24. Please contact Andrew Sell on: 01780

417135 or email: Andrew. for details. 205TH Entry RAF Halton 50th graduation anniversary reunion at the Halfway House, Dunstable on December 5. Any former members interested in attending please contact Dave Ellis via email: dave. or call: 07881 620889. RAF Regiment Association Somerset/Dorset Branch Social May 18-21, 2018. Warners Cricket St Thomas, Somerset. Join the Social Club. Please contact Alec Hunt, Co-ordinator: 01793 704629.

Catering Association SERVING and Retired Catering Warrant Officers and Flight Sergeants plus former Catering Officers are welcome to full membership of the RAF Catering WOs and Seniors Association. For information and an application form please contact: Eddie Jones via email: janedjones6@tiscali. or call: 01487 823480 for details. RAFCWO&SA website: rafcwoa.moonfruit. com.

Aircrew Association ARE you former military aircrew? Do you miss the camaraderie and banter of your former squadron/crew buddies? Would you like the chance to meet other former aircrew to chat and swap stories over lunch? The Aircrew Associations all over the UK do just. If you live near Edinburgh or Glasgow contact the Hon Sec of the Saltire Aircrew Association on: robair@orangehome. or visit the website:

Loadmasters database FORMER AQM John M Ward is compiling a ‘living’ database of former and serving Air Loadmaster crewmen. The data includes information on those who served during World War II, post-war pre-brevet quartermasters, breveted QMs from 1962, LMs from

1969 and current WSOps and Mission Systems Operators (MS). Any former or current LM [Generic], WSOp, MS who would like to be recorded in this historic document should contact John via email on: c130@

Wings & Wheels A five-hour air display featuring the Red Arrows, Eurofighter Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Apache helicopter with pyrotechnics display and the Tigers Parachute Team is among the highlights of this year’s Dunsfold Wings & Wheels. The event, which helps to raise funds for Help For Heroes and Brooklands Museum Trust, takes place at Dunsfold Aerodrome near Guildford, Surrey from August 26-27 and boasts attractions for the whole family, including a twohour auto spectacular with supercars and classic models and an interactive military zone. For more information and ticket details visit the website: or call: 08712 305572.

Locomotive ceremony A ceremony to recommission the steam locomotive 257 Squadron will be held at Swanage Railway in Dorset on September 30. Due to return to service after an extended overhaul, 257 Squadron is one of three locomotives from Southern Railway’s Battle of Britain class, built in the mid 1940s, and restored by the not-forprofit company Southern Locomotives Ltd. The event will include a special train hauled by the locomotive leaving Swanage at around 2pm to Corfe Castle, where a short ceremony will be held. The train will then return to Swanage, arriving around 4pm. It is hoped the naming ceremony will be performed by Southern Locomotive's patron, the actor Edward Fox, well known for his role in the 1969 film Battle of Britain. There is no charge for participation in the event, but the organisers need to keep a count on those wishing to attend so anyone interested should email:

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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 209

Solve the crossword, then re-arrange the six letters in yellow squares to find an aviation word

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Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Prize Crossword' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP14 4UE to arrive by September 8.

No. 219 Fill in all the squares in the grid above so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9.

Across 1. Closely follow southern conversation (5) 4. European politician makes heartless mistake with ruler (7) 8. I enter a large tank with Oregon pilot (7) 9. Bumpy boxing flick? (5) 10. A thought emerges during horrid Easter (4) 11. Pop! Larva emerge, go ahead (8) 13. A cat, albeit a very small one…(4) 14. …and the low noise it makes (4) 16. 100 causing destruction? Fascinating! (8) 17. Washington lets Kipling poem stray (4) 20. Without starting farm vehicle extra (5) 21. Coin teacher swaps for cutter (7) 22. Austere box, light-brown (7) 23. Cricket equipment he will wash (5)

Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Su Doku' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, to arrive by September 8.

Down 1. They figure out how to assist Titanic (13) 2. Celia’s alter-ego? (5) 3. High-flier with strings attached (4) 4. Continent which is close to its currency (6) 5. And 13 Down. Motto paraded star aura, perhaps (3,5,2,5) 6. Pick up dog embracing Eric Clapton (7) 7. Year cool friar abandoned force (5,3,5) 12. Deaf, dumb and blind kid will decline? Nonsense! (8) 13. See 5 Down 15. It flies daily at every RAF station (6) 18. Tessa returns benefit (5) 19. He refuses to strike Scottish sailor (4) Name.................................................................................................................... Address................................................................................................................ .............................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................. Aviation word:................................................................. Crossword No. 209

Su Doku No. 217 winner is Mr Colin Jones from Didcot who wins a copy of Axis Suicide Squads by Justo Miranda (fonthillmedia. com).

The winner of Crossword No. 206 is Stephen Yates from MOD Main Building, Whitehall, who wins a copy of Air Battle of Malta by Anthony Rogers ( Solution to crossword No. 206

Name.................................................................... .............................................................................. Address................................................................ .............................................................................. .................................................Su Doku No. 219

Solution to Su Doku No: 217

Across – 1. Gala 8. Ballerinas 9. Air-To-Air 10. Stay 12. Pisces 14. Hilary 15. Haunts 17. Bishop 18. Jeer 19. Minority 21. Test Pilots 22. East. Down – 2. Anticipate 3. Abet 4. Always 5. Dearth 6. Missiles 7. Espy 11. Air Hostess 13. Concrete 16. Summit 17. Benson 18. Jets 20. Rose. RAF station – Coningsby

Film review


Released on August 18

On tour

The Odyssey Certificate 15

Stone Foundation

Showman of the sea


WO HOURS isn't a great deal of time for anyone's life to be condensed into, especially not that of Jacques Cousteau, and yet The Odyssey gives it a good go anyway. A deep-sea diver who became a pioneer of underwater exploration and documentary filmmaking, Cousteau was first and foremost a showman. When the film starts Cousteau, played by Lambert Wilson, attends FAMILY MAN: Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tatou as his wife Simone. PHOTO: Coco Van Oppens

a screening of one of his early expeditions and takes to the stage to answer the audience's questions – he seems to find as much comfort under the spotlight as he does underwater, speaking with great ease and incredible charm. If you hadn't seen any of Cousteau's own groundbreaking films, they may be familiar from Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which took on the stilted style of Cousteau's

semi-staged documentaries. It also included a lot of biographical information about Cousteau that bobs up here in The Odyssey with much more dramatic heft. The key component and through-line to this story is Jacques' relationship with his son Philippe (Pierre Niney). Whilst his loyal wife Simone (Audrey Tautou) and crew remain supportive of his over-ambitious attempt to produce films for studios, it is his prodigal son who provides a realisation and rebirth for the legend of Cousteau Senior as he is known today. Although the film only focuses on a few decades in Cousteau's life it still feels packed with information. With so much to include, it impinges on the atmosphere and characters, with events following each other in such rapid succession that it can be difficult to take them in or take them seriously. Needless to say Cousteau was an extraordinary man, though not without flaws, and there is a lot to discover about him and the forging of his legacy in The Odyssey. Review by Sam Cooney R'n'R Rating:

STREET SMART: Stone Foundation have been championed by Paul Weller

Stones hit the road

SOUL BAND Stone Foundation have announced a 13-date UK tour, starting in Liverpool on October 15 and including a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 27. The band’s Neil Jones said: “Shepherd's Bush Empire has staged some legendary and iconic gigs over the years, it's always been one of my favourite venues to go and watch bands perform in. “It's really down to the band’s amazing fans that we can announce our biggest headline gig to date. The love we've experienced over our new record Street Rituals has been truly heart-warming, we can't wait to play it on a stage that has played host to Bowie, The Stones, Prince...I could go on. “It's going to be one of those really special evenings for the growing SF faithful as I know it will be for the band and we'll be giving everything we have on stage to make it a night to remember." Street Rituals, the band’s fourth studio album, was produced by the ‘Modfather’ Paul Weller who also features on all the tracks – on piano, guitar and vocal including lead vocal on Your Balloon Is Rising.

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Commemorate, Celebrate, Inspire Feature

War fighter Teakle’s Tonka swansong After action in Falklands, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, RAF’s longest serving Air Cdre signs off with Tornado flight

history man: Main, Tornado and Victor tanker, both flown by Air Cdre Teakle, on operations during Gulf War I. Inset above, Vulcan bomber refueling from Teakle’s Victor tanker during the famous Black Buck on Port Stanley airstrip PHOTOS: AHB

Simon Mander THE LONGEST serving Air Commodore in the RAF has hung up his flying suit for the last time after a retirement ceremony held at a NATO HQ in Germany. Combat veteran Air Cdre Paddy Teakle has flown Vulcan, Victor and Tornado GR bombers in a career spanning 39 years during which he has clocked up more than 3000 flying hours. He flew missions in the Falklands War, directed operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan, and won a DSO while leading the Tornado strike force during the 2003 Iraq campaign. He said: “The highlight for me has to be commanding the Combat Air Wing flying out of Ali Al Salem in Kuwait during Gulf War II. “We had elements of five different squadrons and used

Storm Shadow cruise missiles and ALARM anti-radiation missiles to suppress the enemy’s defences, performing all the Tornado’s roles in one campaign.” Air Cdre Teakle joined the RAF as a navigator in 1978 and flew on Victor air-to-air refuelling missions in the Falklands War, including the famous 1982 Black Buck Operations supporting long range bombing missions by Vulcan aircraft. But he’s particularly proud of his role in the NATO mission to assist victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake that killed around 86,000 people and displaced 2.8 million. He said: “It’s very different and rewarding for someone who has spent their life on offensive air operations to take part in a humanitarian mission.” He is an air power specialist and strategist and ended his career

Jon’s on target for the ton Air Force endurance athlete Cpl Jon Ward is on target to clock up 100 marathons to mark the RAF’s Centenary in April 2018 after completing 11 events in 11 days this month. RAF logistics expert Jon overcame an injury to take top hours in a Kent marathon to bring his total to 73, after coming home second in an event the day before.

The superfit airman hopes to run his 100th marathon on April 1, 2018 – the day the RAF marks its 100th anniversary. Jon said: “I went down to Kent where I ran my eleventh marathon on quite a challenging trail course. “Despite having run 10 marathons already, I went on to win the race in less than four hours.”

as Deputy Force Commander of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force. Air Cdre Teakle was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal by Alliance AWACS Force Commander Major General Dawn Dunlop for his exceptional leadership during the restructuring of the unit at a time when it has carried out surveillance missions to protect Turkey’s Syrian border and counter terrorism operations against terror group Daesh.   His retirement ceremony at Geilenkirchen was marked by a surprise farewell flight in one of his beloved Tonkas of IX(B) Squadron flown over from the UK especially for the occasion. “It was amazing, it’s 14 years since I last flew in a Tornado yet sitting in the back of that aircraft my hands automatically knew where all the controls were and what the aircraft

Tonka Boy: Air Cdre Teakle prepares for final flight in an RAF Tornado

could do,” he said. Air Cdre Teakle promises to spend his retirement repaying the

devotion of his wife Sonia and spending more time with his 10, soon-to-be 11, grandchildren.

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Comms experts honour predecessors

RESPECT: Gp Capt Andy Cooksley lays a wreath

PHOTO: SAC Alexa Thompson

Royal Air Force communications specialists based at RAF Leeming held their annual service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Family, friends and colleagues attended as the names were read out of all personnel listed on the memorial to those who lost their lives while serving with Tactical Communications Wing (TCW) and 90 Signals Unit (90 SU).

Group Captain Andrew Cooksley, Commanding Officer 90 Signals Unit, said: “The Unit Memorial is an important part of our identity, and this commemoration connects those serving at 90 Signals Unit today with past members who are no longer with us. It’s a chance to reflect with pride on their service and to reinforce our ties with their families and loved ones.” Air Cdre Chris Moore,

President of the Tactical Communications Wing and 90 Signals Unit Branch of the RAF Association, and a former OC of 90 Signals Unit, also attended the service. He said: “This event is a wonderful occasion for colleagues, families and friends to come together and remember those who are no longer with us, those who have made and will always be part of our history.”


Mental health revolution

An innovative strategy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Armed Forces personnel and their families, veterans, and Defence civilians has been launched by Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood. The Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-2022 was launched by Mr Ellwood at the International Ministerial Conference on Veterans’ Issues, held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and attended by representatives from the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It builds on five years of research and aims to produce a coordinated approach to prevent, detect, and treat mental health and wellbeing issues, and introduce measures to promote the importance of mental health. It includes plans to introduce standardised mental health and wellbeing education and training for all those working in Defence;

All Defence staff will be able to access help

improve access to clinical assessment and prioritisation for treatment and develop partnerships with key Service charities to continue anti-stigma campaigning initiatives and share best practice. Mr Ellwood said: “A fitter force is a more effective force and keeping our people healthy helps keep this country safe. This new strategy recognises the importance of mental health, alongside physical injuries, and will improve the prevention, detection and treatment of mental health issues; which is vital to the wellbeing of our military. I’m delighted to host Ministers from some of our key partner nations, to consult and share best practice on veterans’ issues.”

Before the conference, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and Mr Ellwood attended a reception at 10 Downing Street to bring together the community that supports veterans. Several Chelsea Pensioners also attended and the event included an update on plans for this year’s Invictus Games taking place in Toronto next month – participants include serving and former RAF personnel. Conference delegates also discussed how best to improve the transition into civilian life for veterans, the importance of partnering with the health and charity sector and the Armed Forces Covenant. Mr Ellwood and his international counterparts agreed that sharing

VETERANS: Chelsea pensioners Leo Tighe (left) and David Coote with Emma Crunden from the Royal Hospital Chelsea events team and Mr Ellwood PHOTO: Sgt Ross Tilly

ideas was important in building a greater common understanding of veterans’ issues and stressed the importance of an ongoing

commitment to ensure support services continue to meet the needs of serving personnel, their families and veterans.

walking therapy

New hope on PTSD

VIPS: Royal Star & Garter Homes chairman Maj Gen Tim Tyler, CAS, Lady Hillier and Cllr Suzanne Brown at the topping out ceremony

CAS really is the top man

Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Stephen Hillier, led the ‘topping out’ ceremony for a new Royal Star & Garter home for disabled veterans in High Wycombe. CAS was invited to carry out the traditional Saxon ritual of anointing a yew tree branch attached to the last roof beam of the new building. He said: “I’m delighted to be able to give my support to the charity, especially in High Wycombe, which already has so many other

important connections with the Royal Air Force. “The charity sets the standard in nursing and dementia care.” Also at the ceremony was Defence Minister Earl Howe and Mrs Jules Bendell, widow of Wg Cdr Anthony ‘Bugs’ Bendell, who ranked amongst the RAF’s most talented fighter pilots of his generation. The new home is due to open next summer.

A new study will look at helping veterans who have not responded to current first-line treatments to overcome post traumatic stress disorder. Funded by the Forces in Mind Trust and supported by Health and Care Research Wales, the two-year study will investigate the effectiveness of a new therapy known as 3MDR where patients walk on a treadmill while interacting with a series of selfselected images – displayed on a large screen – related to their trauma. An FiMT spokesperson said: “Psychological therapy with a focus on the traumatic event is the treatment of choice for PTSD and can be very helpful but, unfortunately, treatment resistance is high. Preliminary results from research conducted in the Netherlands suggest that 3MDR may help veterans with treatment resistant, combat-related PTSD. “The new study’s aim is to

determine the efficacy of 3MDR in the treatment of British military veterans with treatment-resistant and combat-related PTSD and to explore what factors influence outcome.” Professor Jonathan Bisson of the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine will lead the study.

PTSD has a major impact on the quality of life of a small minority of veterans

Therapy will be delivered to veterans in contact with Veterans NHS Wales in a specially-designed facility. Researchers hope that exposure to trauma-related images, enhanced with walking and music, will eliminate cognitive

avoidance – a coping strategy that can contribute to the worsening of PTSD symptoms. Professor Bisson said: “There is an urgent need to identify effective treatments for military veterans who do not respond to, or are unable to engage with, current first-line treatments. “Around four per cent of British military veterans suffer from PTSD, which often causes significant distress to them and those around them, along with considerable financial and social impact. “This new method of treatment could offer new hope for veterans with PTSD currently facing the prospect of life with a chronic and enduring disorder.” Ray Lock, the FiMT’s chief executive, said: “PTSD has a major impact on the quality of life of a small minority of veterans and it is important we look at new and viable ways of helping some of those people whose mental health issues can be the hardest to treat.”

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News graduationS

Trophies galore for 593 stars


King Air flypast for latest intake

Course 593 Thompson Intake have graduated from Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton after 10 weeks of Basic Recruit Training. Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Chief of Staff for Personnel and Air Secretary, presented Trophies and Awards. They went to: n The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Shield and the Rothschild Trophy: AC Foster n The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Trophy: AC Thomas Cormack n The RAF Benevolent Fund: AC James Wright n The Station Commander’s Cup and the Dusty Miller Trophies: AC Luke Phillips


n The Mayor Of Aylesbury Trophy: LAC Lauren Dobbs n The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire’s Trophy: AC James Millett n The Lord Trenchard Trophy, awarded to the Flight whose performance has been the best overall in General Service Training and General Service Knowledge: No.10 Flight (collected on their behalf by AC Hennessy). The flypast was by a King Air from 45 Squadron, based at RAFC Cranwell, with musical accompaniment by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force under direction from Warrant Officer Gardner.

PRIZE WINNERS: The best of Course 593 Thompson Intake with their trophies



Blue wings joy for Welsh Air Cadets Welsh air cadets have taken to the skies at a special gliding camp at MoD St Athan. The 42 young people, aged 13-17, were from across Wales & West Region. They enjoyed scores of sorties as the second summer gliding camp got underway. Cadet Flight Sergeant Jessica Forde said: “It was an amazing experience to fly the Vigilant and the staff were all brilliant. The Blue Wings Syllabus helps you become more knowledgeable about the aircraft itself and how it all works, which is helpful in the air.

Some of the local air cadets saw their homes and communities from the air

“My favourite part of the day was when I went up and I took control of the aircraft. It was a fantastic feeling that I would recommend to anybody who has the chance.” Flt Lt Mike Dolphin, one of the gliding instructors from 2 Flying Training Squadron at RAF Syerston who deployed to Wales to teach the

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cadets, said: “We delivered Blue Wing Aviation Training Packages to cadets using two Vigilant motor gliders. We flew the cadets over five days and, fortunately, the weather was excellent for most of the time. “Some of the local air cadets saw their homes and communities from the air and flying up to 1500ft for between 15 and 30 minutes they could even see as far as the North Devon coast. “As part of the programme to achieve their blue wings they completed ground school and up in the air they had the chance to take control under the supervision of experienced instructors.” The cadets also received instruction in the part task trainers – flight simulators financed by the RAF Charitable Trust.

SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE: Cadet Corporal Morgan Wright with Wing Commander Adey Hobson

Wing Commander Eddie Challoner, Regional Aviation Officer for Wales and West Region Air Training Corps, said: “It was highly successful, the cadets went away absolutely buzzing.

“The largest contingent of cadets was from 2 Welsh Wing, with other cadets attending from 1 and 3 Welsh Wings.” Sqn Ldr Idwal Jones, 75, part of 634 Volunteer Gliding School for

many years, was given a surprise flight in a glider during the camp in recognition of his long service. Flt Lt Dolphin said: “He had the biggest grin because it’s been a while since he’s flown in a Vigilant!”

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TO MARK their 75th anniversary the RAF Regiment has launched a bid to complete a 20,000 milelong expedition across North and South America. This month a team scaled the infamous 18,000 ft Denali peak in Alaska before cycling through the Canadian Rockies, taking on the Great Divide – a 3000-mile cycle ride from Banff in Canada to New Mexico in the Western USA. The Gunners will also cover the same distance in just three weeks as they travel through Central and South America. Diamond Rock will be taking to the high seas as 90 Gunners will attempt to sail from the UK to Rio De Janeiro, Cape Town in South Africa and the Caribbean. Expedition Director Gp Capt Lee Taylor said: “The expedition could not have got off to a better start by summitting Denali. “This is an exercise in empowering leadership at all levels. “We are currently on the Great Divide leg which will take us down to Central America.” PHOTOS: (clockwise from top) Lee Roberts, Flt Paddon and Cpl Trev Mcintosh on Denali, biking through the Rockies, hitting the Great Divide, taking a breather to admire the stunning Canadian scenery.

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London calling RAF team win Tri-service cup competition Staff Reporter RAF Halton IT WAS a battle royal for the cream of Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey as the RAF Hockey Association hosted the UKAFHA Tri-Service Cup at Halton. This event is a competition between the winners of the RAFHA Inter-Station tournament and the

respective winners from the Army Inter-Corp and the Navy Cup and the RAF London team came out on top after some hard-fought action. The debut cup RAF side were with 10 Queens Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment (10 QOGLR) representing the Army and from the Navy, HMS Heron. The first match saw RAF London take on 10 QOGLR and the Army side came straight out, pressing the

RAF side from the off at the start, and it took a while for both sides to settle and first goal to be registered as the light blue side took the lead. The Gurkhas pressed forward to find the equalizer, but left gaps, which were ruthlessly exposed by the RAF who stormed for a 4-0 lead by the break. The second half was just as relentless with a final score of 11-0. Continued on page 34:


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IT WAS definitely the rough after the smooth for Jake Dixon and the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team having to settle for a 10 finish at Brands Hatch in round six of the MCE Superbike championships. After taking first in both races at Knockhill Dixon in the previous round Dixon had a frustrating weekend with the Ashby resident. Having started well with some good early dry weather runs, the 21-year-old struggled during a damp qualifying session on DEFENDING A world cup crown is the latest task ahead of RAF reservist AC Amy Cokayne, right. After a stellar year so far, the 21-year-old will be donning the famous Red Rose against Spain in the side’s opening match in Ireland. The UCD Bowl, Dublin will see the team, who won the cup in 2014 in Paris, beating Canada 21-9, kick off proceedings, with hooker Cokayne aiming to add to her five tries in the recent Women’s Six Nations event, peaking with a historic hat-trick against Scotland at The Stoop, Twickenham, followed by one in the Grand Slam victory over Ireland I Donnybrook. Cokayne said: “Being selected for the World Cup is a dream come true, especially this quickly into my career, it’s a great bunch of girls who are ready to go to Ireland and bring home the cup.

Saturday afternoon and lined up in 13th for the opening 20-lap race. Having moved up to 11th early on, the arrival of the safety car saw him lose his way, finally finishing 11th as the race was curtailed early. Thirteenth on the grid for the second race, he pushed up one place after the first lap, then 11th after four, hitting the highs of 10th after a crash out. Dixon settled for the position and six championship points, while his teammate Jordan Weaving, who had three races in

the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, secured a best finish of seventh in his final 16-lap race. Dixon said: “It’s been a really tough weekend. I didn’t quite have the speed with the bike to allow me to fight in either race and in the beginning of each in particular it was really hard going. We need to go away and have a look at everything and make sure we come back stronger for the next round.” The next round takes place at Thruxton in Hampshire.

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To be able to represent not only friends and family, but the Royal Air Force on the world stage is a real honour, I’ve had so many messages of support from within the RAF it’s been fantastic.” Having started in the last 27 internationals for her country, the ever-present Cokyane will be aiming for a continuation in

the three pool B group matches, which continue with a 2.45pm KO against Italy at Billings Park UCD, Dublin on August 13, before a 2.30pm KO against USA at the same ground on August 17. Follow all the action at:, with updates on Twitter: @EnglandRugby and @ RAFNewssport.

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Cpl Wisby set to make Lake splash THE SERVICE’S open water swimming manager Cpl Ross Wisby is aiming to raise funds for the RAFBF by swimming a twoway crossing of Lake Windermere. Wisby currently holds the record for the fastest circumnavigation of Jersey. He will take on the lake on August 23. Anyone wishing to sponsor him should visit: ross-wisby.

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ON THE CHARGE: Above, a Hurricane player takes a tackle on the hunt for a win at the PHOTO: BOB BRADFORD PHOTOGRAPHIC North Dorset event

Spitfire’s soar to Devon title after blitz Hurricane’s miss our on plate final Staff Reporter Air Command NORTH DORSET Sevens was the perfect stage for a double Service assault, as the Spitfire’s and Hurricane’s were one round away from a superb one-two. The Spitfire’s sealed the deal taking the event crown after sinking O’Neils Nomads 26-14 in the final, while the Hurricane’s lost in the plate semi-finals to Cat 7s. With SAC Sean Webber making his Spitfires debut, the team glided through their group stages with

no upset. Winning all their games the team were topping the table for point scorers also, with SAC Jiute Tupua bagging 15 tries. The Hurricanes had a tougher time where they won one of their pool games, while the Spitfire’s faced their first major challenge of the day where they met the Royal Navy Marines in the Quarter Final. The all-military encounter saw the Marines utilise their physical strength, but the RAF’s skill prevailed and they secured a semi -final spot as they won 24-14. Hurricane’s had some well deserved luck as they received a

WINNING RUN: Above, a Spitfire player cuts inside a tackle on the way to his team’s cup title win PHOTO: BOB BRADFORD PHOTOGRAPHIC

bye to the semi-finals where they faced Cat 7s, but that’s where their tournament ended. The Spitfire’s, with their eyes firmly fixed on the final, faced the tournament favourites North Dorset All-Stars, and favourites did what favourites do and took an early lead. The experienced Spitfire’s ensured that they remained calm, setting about their game plan and worked towards victory, which in the end came comfortably.

With the Spitfire’s focused on silverware they did not let off in the final against O’Neil’s Nomads with individual skill from Fg Off Rob Bell and Tupua maintaining his scoring streak, saw them breeze to the win with team captain Flt Lt Rory Wood lifting the Cup. Next up for the Spitfire’s is the Rugby Town 7s, in Denver, where they will be aiming to go one better than last year’s attempt where they became Plate champions. Follow the teams on Twitter @rafrugby7s.

played hard to the end and we are we are expecting the same from them at the upcoming InterServices in Birmingham.” The team are looking for new players, with further information available on Twitter @TennisRAF

CHAMPION EFFORT: Above, Fg Off Andrea Jackson awaits the start of another point at the historic champs event

Noisey neighbours making history ROY CASTLE would have danced a jig at the amount of records that were broken by the Service’s ladies B team tennis stars at the recent RAF Championships at Halton. Superbly led by team captain Sqn Ldr Suzie Willis, the team of Gp Capt Fin Bradley (DMS Whittington), Fg Off Andrea Jackson (RAF (U) Swanick ) Fg Off Sarah Leuchars (U/T pilot), Fg Off Victoria Owen (RAF Benson) and FS Hilary Dimmock (RAF Brize Norton) won all eight matches against their Army and Royal Navy opponents, a feat

unheard of in the recorded history of the tournament. A marathon final match of three hours and 28 minutes was as epic in play as it was in length, with the win sealing the Grand Slam. Bradley said: “It is a great outcome for RAF tennis and I am very proud of our new players this year. “It has been excellent to see some new blood joining RAF Tennis and we welcome newcomers of all ranks and ability. “The Army and Navy teams

and on Facebook at: facebook. com/groups/204148795721.

MSA ACADEMY co-driver Phil Hall returns to the World Rally Championship in Finland alongside rising UK star Tom Williams. The former RAF SAC will head to the FIA World Rally Championship for the second time this season, as he guides up-and-coming British Rally Championship talent Tom Williams around the infamous Neste Rally Finland course. After outings in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Corsica so far this year, Hall will assist the Ford Fiesta R2 driver on only his second outing in a WRC event. Dubbed the ‘Rally of 1000 Lakes’ the event is steeped in history and sits alongside the Monte Carlo Rally and RAC Rally as a legendary rally. Follow Hall’s progress on Twitter @PhilHallRally.or at:

Thomas takes role of President IT’S ALL change at the top of the British Drugs Free Powerlifting Association with Service lifter Sgt Ann Thomas being elected as president. Henlow-based Thomas (pictured below), has been at the forefront of powerlifting at every level from Service to international, both as a competitor and official. She has been OiC RAFPA, Secretary UKAFPA, Treasurer WDFPF and Drugs Control Officer for both the WDFPF and BDFPA in the last 15 years. The election conducted recently saw Thomas voted in by the National Council ahead of two other candidates.  She said: “It is a huge honour for me to be selected for the position and to be able to showcase the RAF in another manner other than as a competitor.”  

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All things Martial Portsmouth hosts five discipline sporting event Dan Abrahams High Wycombe IT WAS a one stop shop for all things martial arts at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth recently for the Inter-Services with athletes from five disciplines going headto-head. Kicking things off the Service produced a one, two, three in the ITF Taekwondo, but sadly in different grades, along with a first in the Senior (Dan grade) team event after the Army captain agreed to field just two fighters to enable a competitive fight. The team of Cpl Karl Dawson and SAC Lewis Norman duly produced the goods to take first place. SAC Richard Pope then came third in the Kup grade sparring, while SAC Ruari McConway was first in the lightweight Kup grade sparring, with a hard-fought second in the female Kup grade sparring from SAC Jessica Day.

with Flt Lt Alice Hambling and AC Bibberdtook sharing the bronze medal after a tough tussle. Chf Tech Fisher secured gold with some clinical displays in the individual Kyu Kata. In the Kendo discipline a fiveman team started their games with the Kata competition, using blunt bokken swords, but lacking experience they struggled to complete with their opponents. In the individual events Flt Lt Keith Lam took gold. The team then took advantage of post-competition training session with some of the country’s leading Senseis. Flt Lt Lam took individual gold with displays of procession and control. The Brazilian Ju Jitsu team,

Despite the intensity of battle the event was held in a great atmosphere it must be said

Cpl Dawson returned to compete with the Weapons team, where a first and second place were sealed, with Chf Tech Ross Fisher securing the top spot, while FS Roger Hopper produced a very impressive Iaido Kata to seal second, with the Army coming third. The differences in grades saw men’s teams take first and second in Kumite with a second in the Dan grade and a first in Kyu, while the ladies came second in the overall Kumite. In the men’s Dan grade SAC John McGorian took bronze with a series of exciting bouts, while in the female Dan grade individual Cpl Balycki fought hard for a gold,

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ALL ROUND ACTION: Clockwise from the left, SAC Ian Borden kicks out, Cpl Tristan Disley shows his Kendo skills, an enthralled crowd PHOTO: SBS watch action, above main, SAC Georgia Lee, FS Chris Rowlands twists his opponent’s foot during a bout

fighting in only their third year in the tournament, with 21 fighters in the Gi and No Gi disciplines saw SAC Gavin Davies win a gold each in each discipline, while Sgt Lynn Glenn took silver in both disciplines. Cpl Josh Holleran, who moved up a weight from light featherweight to featherweight, belied the change to produce some clinical displays and take silver in both disciplines. Davies said: “What a great day for our marital arts disciplines


this was. Obviously each Service wants to take the trophy home and everyone did their best on the mats to make that happen. “Despite the intensity of battle the event was held in a great atmosphere and it must be said, a massive amount of respect was demonstrated by all the competitors. I personally can’t wait for next year’s event.” To find out more on Service martial arts visit: rafmartialsarts.

Northwood unveils newest indoor wall IT WAS not only scaling new heights, but starting a new chapter in the sport of indoor climbing as the Northwood HQ climbing wall opened recently. The RAF Central Fund funded wall is set to be open to all, not just military personnel, but cadet organisations, civil servants and families. Flt Lt Stu Quinn, right, led the project, and said: “This is an

excellent example of some of the varied engineering projects that you can get involved with in today’s RAF. “For me this offered a unique opportunity to combine my passion for the sport and my day job. With climbing becoming an Olympic sport in the 2020 Olympics, there is definitely no better time for more personnel to get involved in climbing.”

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Humber Cup win just perfect Powerful and confident ladies storm to trophy THE SERVICE’S women’s rugby league team produced a competent display to produce a 22-12 win at Cropton Road over Hull Wyke. The win saw them snaffle some silverware in the shape of the Humber Games Cup and bodes well for the upcoming Inter-Service competition. Starting on the offensive halfbacks SAC Courtney Smith and Fg Off Sophie Gale found holes in the Wyke defence and this led to a brilliant early try from winger SAC Courtenay Smith, Gale added the extras. Despite their slow start, Wyke responded well with some tenacious defending which eventually forced a knock-on 10-metres out from the RAF try line. Wyke’s Jade Key scored an individual effort from the back of the scrum, skipping past some poor RAF defence. The Service side continued to complete their sets which took its toll on a tiring Hull defence, with Cpl Katie Coen cleverly making room for SAC Courtenay Smith to score her second try of the evening. The military side’s pack started the second half the stronger, their line speed in defence then forcing

an error from the Hull attack. From the handover, Cpl Sophie Gale produced a clever dummy creating a gap for herself to score, adding the extras herself. Wyke bounced straight back and scored from the kick-off to bring the score to 16-8. Losing some discipline, which resulted in two yellow cards, the Service team handed the initiative to Wyke’s forwards, and they were rewarded with a try out wide. Regrouping, the light blues started to play smarter rugby, albeit

forward together: Above left and above, pulsating runs from Service players during their Humber Cup win 

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CATCHING BIG and retaining their Inter-Service title was the aim of the Service’s best coarse anglers at Shatterford Lakes, Nr Bridgenorth, Worcestershire. Despite a battling display the team came up short, finishing second to the Army after two days of action one for the team event, the second for the individual. It came down to a mere four points, with the Royal Navy finishing third. Wg Cdr Rich Tomala, FS Ben Jackson, Chf Tech Mark Collinson, Chf Tech Craig Shaw, Sgt Barry Bright, Sgt Michael Dalziel, Sgt Lee Brackenbury, Cpl Andrew Beasley, Cpl Dan Hurst and SAC George Allcock were selected as the 10 anglers to do battle after three days of practice, with the battle being held across five lakes. Hunting for carp and bream mainly, the competition was tight, with the RAF team producing a mixture of first, second and third placings, meaning no team had runaway control of the overall points board, with the final points tally being made after weight ratification. In the individual event the RAF anglers remained with the same tactics as on day one, but the peg draw in the morning saw

with only 11 players on the field, strong runs from the refocused pack forced the Wyke defence onto the back-foot with Cpl Kim Williams a telling long ball to SAC Courtenay Smith who completed her hat-trick with a superb try, Gale converted. With the RAF leading 22-12, Wyke had one last go to try and get something from the game but their brave efforts were fruitless and team skipper Cpl Mahayla Attis was presented with the cup, with Cpl Alice Fisher being player of the match.

BAGGED A BIG ONE: Above, SAC Baz Bright shows off an 8kg grass carp caught during the two-days of competition

them posted on some of the less favoured lakes and placings and after a days’ struggle, it was only SAC Kyle Walker who made the top three placings in third, with the Navy taking the top two spots. Despite not medalling Cpl Dan Hurst scored a great catch with an 8kg catfish.

Continued from back page: Finished in two hour, 11 minutes and 44 seconds, securing a third time for the pair to win at the event. Pollard, above, said: “Winning for a third time is as exciting as the first. I always work hard towards the OA Inter-Services Triathlon. It’s a race that always carries a lot of prestige. I’m already looking forward to 2018’s race.” Nell added: “To compete in the OA Inter-Services Triathlon was fun. I was delighted to win for the RAF.”

Stick stars Tri win Continued from p29: A closer match started against Heron, who struck early twice against the Army side, but after this solitary strike and a few good breaks they were scuppered 11-1. Another bright start in the final game saw the Navy men produce some good breaks, but strong defending repelled the attacks and saw the RAF team settle and begin to press their opponents taking a quick-fire two goal lead after a

well worked passage of play. Heron pulled one goal back, but failure to capitalize on a penalty short corner and yellow card for Sgt Si Duke, then saw the RAF men take a 3-1 lead. A repeat start after the break saw both sides trade blows, but a patient approach from the RAF side saw them steadily extend their lead, with a final score of 10-2 to the light blue team, who not only attacked well, but defended brilliantly when needed.

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UKAF City slickers Tough clashes end with historic win Daniel Abrahams HQ Air Command TWO TOUGH and testing backto-back matches saw the UKAF football team cover themselves in glory, with a great defensive display and a late winning strike. Succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Conference side Oxford City, coach FS Nic de-Long’s charges then sunk Bristol City U23s 2-1 to round off a great few days for the defending Kentish Cup side. De-Long said: “We played backto-back matches to replicate the Kentish Cup tournament which is coming up in October and in the first game we were tenacious, it was a very hard game, but we played really well, we shaded the first half and we didn’t feel we deserved to lose. In was a great workout and it’s the first time in my Service football career we have played a Conference side, so it was a great display after such a step up.” “We had a fair chunk of changes, six debutants for the first game, I had a new captain in one match, in the shape of Hughes and he is the future of Army football for me and he showed his true potential.” An early penalty at the Court Place Farm ground saw the military team go behind after a foul from Sgt Carl Evans, but instead of the side facing further tough battling, the military team stepped up their game and began to dictate play in

the opening half. A repeat start saw them go two down after the restart, but a missed penalty in the 80th minute saw the team gain one moral victory to accompany their good all round display. De-Long added: “The second match went from sun to rain, then rain to sun, we knew it would be tough, but the conditions made it harder. “We had great recovery and pool sessions in the build up so we were as prepared as we could be. We shaded the first half with a superb defensive shape and then struck late, which was perfect. You could say at this stage things are exactly where we want to be.” Setting his team up in a 4-3-2-1 formation, de-Long returned Cpl Tom Claisse to the role of captain, at the Bath City ground and, pressing well early on the military team were scuppered by a light penalty decision after 17 minutes. Minutes later Cpl Mike Campbell saw a good chance cleared, with SIG Luke Noble going close then on 39 minutes Army man Pte Josh Hughes lashed in the equaliser. An inspired shuffle of his pack from de-Long saw L/Cpl Pete Williams introduced in the 77th minute and after steadying the ship, he then found LAET Danny Earle out on the left wing and the Navy lashed home a stunning winner after cutting inside the penalty box and firing home. Follow the team on Twitter @UKArmedForcesFA.

WHOLE NEW BALL GAME: Main, a UKAF player prepares to receive a pass with pressure from a Bristol City player, bottom left, Services football stalwart SAC Danny Dixon prepares to start another attack in the pouring rain at Bath City PHOTO: SBS


Dynamic duo are officer class THERE WAS much power sharing at the recent Officers’ Association Inter-Services triathlon recently as the RAF and Army divided up the spoils from the Cotswold Water Park event. The light blues took the individual events, while the Army took the team, as competitors took on a tricky 1.5km open water swim, 41lm bike ride finishing with

a 10km run. SAC Luke Pollard completed the race in one hour, 54

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