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THE RAF marked its 100th anniversary as the HM The Queen and the Prime Minister led the tributes to the world's oldest independent Air Force. Senior members of the Royal family joined political and military figures at Westminster Abbey

for the historic occasion. More than 70,000 spectators gathered as 1,000 RAF personnel paraded along The Mall, led by Gp Capt Anne-Marie Houghton, the first female navigator in the RAF.

The Queen, accompanied by Prince Charles, presented the RAF with a new Queen's Colour at Buckingham Palace ahead of the biggest flypast over the capital for more than 50 years. l See p3, 4-5 for full reports

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VIEW FROM THE TOP: Royal family gather on the Buckingham Palace balcony to witness historic RAF flypast featuring 103 aircraft PHOTO: PA

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The years fly by...

Huge procession of RAF aircraft marks Service’s centenary THE RAF’S big birthday flypast formed the centrepiece of the Service’s centenary celebrations. The display, exactly 100 years and 100 days after its formation, was one of the largest concentrations of military aircraft seen over London in recent memory. It involved nearly 200 aircrew from 25 different squadrons, operating from 14 air bases and three civilian airfields. Assistant Chief of the Air Staff Air Vice-Marshal Mike Wigston said: “It’s an extraordinary spectacle, a fabulous once-in-ageneration opportunity to show the international and British public what today’s Air Force consists of. “It shows the range of RAF aircraft and equipment and what we do on behalf of the nation every day. Every single type involved is either on operations or preparing for them.”


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Lightning The event was the first opportunity for the public to see the RAF’s new F-35 Lightning. “The F-35’s participation is important because it points to the future. This is a fifth-generation aircraft that came into service this year, our centenary year, and will be there for many decades to come,” said AVM Wigston. “It’s a giant leap in technology and capability and I’m a very proud man to see it as part of this flypast.” But he admitted the event also marked the swansong of one of the most successful fighter bombers in British military history. Tornado The Tornado has been central to the RAF’s strike capability for almost 40 years. Entering service in 1982, it has been in constant combat since 1991 and is still fighting Islamist terrorists in Syria and Iraq on Operation Shader. AVM Wigston flew Tornado GR4 in Iraq and commanded 12 (Bomber) Squadron, which was disbanded earlier this year. He said: “I think that while we may perhaps see the Tornado over London once or twice more in the future this is its last major flypast. It’s a moment for reflection for the many thousands of men and women who have served as part of the Tornado Force through three decades of service.” The event followed a tradition of large-scale RAF flypasts, the

CENTENARY: Aircraft form figure 100 during the flypast

biggest of which was The Queen’s Coronation Review in 1954 when 640 aircraft – including 440 jets – took part, operating out of RAF Odiham. BBMF More recently, 49 aircraft, headed by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), took to the skies to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday in 2006. “While we can look at the past, and there was a time when the Air Force had a million people in it, we are a different force now and we shouldn’t confuse numbers with operational capability and potency,” said AVM Wigston. “The aircraft in this flypast represent the very latest state-of-theart cutting-edge technology, which is the legacy of our first 100 years.

“We are an organisation that has always been the first to innovate and embrace technology and while we do not have the numbers of the Coronation flypast or those of the 1950s, it reflects the huge capability of today’s RAF.” One man who knows how the Air Force has dramatically changed in recent years is Air Vice-Marshal Gerry Mayhew. Currently Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group, he has amassed nearly 3,000 flying hours on Jaguar, Tornado and Typhoon jets – including more than 200 operational missions over the Balkans and Iraq. He said: “I’ve been very lucky, I’ve had the opportunity to fly many aircraft and I’ve also flown in sizeable parades over Buckingham Palace before. “The enormity of the event is never lost on anybody in a big

flypast, whether you’re a Flight Lieutenant or an Air Vice-Marshal, and I’m sure the aircrew taking part are very proud of what they’re doing. “The opportunities for the Service in the future are huge, we are not just celebrating the past centenary of the RAF but going into the next one making sure it is in a healthy and strong position. Airpower “We have so many different inspirational capabilities to deal with so many different types of conflict around the world. It’s a very bright future for those coming into the Service.” AVM Mayhew, who has overseen dramatic developments in British airpower – including the RAF’s takeover of military

space operations, the upgrading of Typhoon’s firepower under Project Centurion and the arrival of F-35 – said future flypasts could eventually be conducted without pilots. “F-35 is at the heart of our next generation Air Force, it’s with us now. It is in service and is another stepping stone to our future. Who knows what will be there in 50, 60 years?,” he said. “At some point, inevitably, there will be more unmanned automated equipment coming on line – that’s a road we’re on already with Reaper operations, so it’s not a new adventure we are embarking on and I suspect that over time that will become more important.” The RAF100 display was the largest formation flypast the Typhoon Force has ever conducted, with aircraft from all five frontline Squadrons taking part.

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A400M: RAF transporter over London

GUARD: Lancaster, Hurricanes and Spitfires of the RAF BBMF

aves RAF Marham for the flypast



CHOPPERS: Chinook and other RAF helicopters in flypast

NEW BREED: F-35s ready to depart for London




ROYAL AIR FORCE: HM The Queen and, below, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the celebration Photos: Doug Peters/EMPI CS

Operating from RAF Coningsby, it took eight minutes to get all 22 aircraft airborne. “It’s a big formation to put up and that includes squadrons on operations so it’s a big ask of the Typhoon Force in these numbers,” said AVM Mayhew. The man in charge of masterminding the display is RAF100 Flypast Project Officer Wing Commander Kevin Gatland. Tornado A Tornado Navigator and 617 (Dambusters) Squadron veteran, he said one of the biggest challenges had been co-ordinating the involvement of up to 100 aircraft of 23 different types. He said: “It’s been 11 months of work to bring this together. It’s taken that long to work out all the formations and how we bring them together and to integrate, for example, our fastest aircraft – the

Typhoon – and our slowest – the helicopters.” He said that while some units, such as the Red Arrows, were flypast veterans, involving so many squadrons, each with their own operational and training commitments, made the event extra special. He said: “We’ve attempted nothing on this scale for quite a while. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in putting formations together for the Queen’s Birthday Flypast but this is about three times as big. Professional “We had to make sure that we had covered every element so that on the day we had something safe, professional and which shows the RAF in the light it deserves.”






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Britain must back our vets VETERANS WELFARE

n Job discrimination n Financial meltdown n One in five homeless Staff Reporter FORCES VETERANS who served in recent conflicts like Afghanistan and Iraq are undervalued by British society and struggle to cope with civilian life according to a recent survey by a leading military charity. Research by welfare campaigners SSAFA reveals that almost 90 per cent of veterans say they have suffered financial troubles, while 70 per cent struggle to find work and feel discriminated against by employers who do not value their skills. According to the report the average household income for today’s veterans is less than £17,000 a year, well below the national average, and one in five admit to being made homeless at some point. The battle to survive on Civvy Street has also left many feeling disenchanted with the British Armed Forces with more than 40 per cent admitting they feel no pride in having served their country. Less than one in five said they would be willing to take part in

public events such as Armed Forces Day, which took place last month. Sir Andrew Gregory, Chief Executive of SSAFA, said: “Too many veterans feel undervalued and it’s our duty as a Nation to rectify this. “The British public claims they do respect our Armed Forces but, our research shows this respect dips the moment that their uniform is hung up”. “Valuable skills are being brushed aside by civilian employers; to the extent that some veterans hide their service history altogether. “They experience discrimination against a part of their life that should be a source of the utmost pride. We owe these brave men and women more than this. “We need a new national mindset, promoting the advantages veterans bring to society – courage, discipline, selflessness and respect for others. As a Nation, we must overcome society’s mistrust, apathy and alienation of the new generation of service leavers.” The charity is calling for a range of measures to combat the growing veterans crisis including setting up

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FAIR FIGHT: Veterans of recent conflicts can face discrimination in the workplace and struggle with finances according to Forces charity survey

a nation-wide mentoring service, veterans identity card backed by major retailers and compulsory lifeskills training and financial advice for all serving military personnel. Former Chief of Defence Staff Gen Nick Houghton added his support for the campaign to ease the

transition to civilian life. He added: “This report suggests that while the public maintains a huge emotional connection to the dwindling band of World War II veterans, some show ambivalence or even apathy to younger veterans. This should seriously concern us”.


Berlin bomb raid crew finally laid to rest Tracey Allen A SPECIAL service of commemoration for five crew members of a wartime bomber who never returned from a raid on Berlin was held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Niederzwehren War Cemetery in Hessen, Germany. The crew of Lancaster DS678 took off on the evening of March 24, 1944. Five were killed and it is believed two survived and were taken as prisoners of war at Ohrdruf concentration camp. The five were buried in the PoW cemetery At Ohrdruf. A spokesperson said: “After the war, the Missing, Recovery and Exhumation Services were unable to identify the graves as the cemetery was under Soviet control and

remained so until 1991. “Over the years, the graves had been declared as ‘lost’. Now, more than 70 years after their deaths, a special memorial for each of the five fallen crew members has been rededicated in Hessen.” The CWGC’s Mel Donnelly added: “These special memorials allow us to commemorate the five crew of Lancaster DS678, alongside other Commonwealth war casualties in the Niederzwehren War Cemetery. “Even though their graves in Ohrdruf cannot now be found, the CWGC ensures that all those who served and fell are commemorated by name.”

The men remembered were: Sgts William Bowey, Victor Watson, Donald Keeley, John Burke and Royal Canadian Air Force Plt Off Leonard McCann. The service, organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, was conducted by the Rev Dr (Sqn Ldr) John Harrison, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. It was attended by members of the crew’s family from the UK, Canada and the USA. Liane Benoit on behalf of Plt Off McCann’s family, said: “We are so grateful for this honour. It was a beautiful ceremony in a generous and hospitable community and we know they will rest in peace.”

NOT FORGOTTEN: Sgt Victor Watson, inset left. Above, Plt Off McCann’s greatnephew Sebastien Molgart with his mother Liane Benoit

MORE NEEDS to be done to help former military personnel suffering psychological problems, the first ever European conference on veterans’ mental health has been told. But the public view that Service life damages people is wrong, according to Veterans Minister Tobias Ellwood. Addressing delegates from six nations he said that while most veterans live happy, healthy and successful lives, all Governments had the responsibility to safeguard the mental health of those who have served. He said: “In order to recruit the next generation of soldiers, sailors and airmen and women, we need to show that we look after our service personnel and veterans.” “Britain is not unique in facing this challenge. That’s why it’s vital that we discuss these issues and share best practice with our close European military partners.” Latest figures show rates of mental disorder among the military at 3.1 per cent, below those of the general population at 3.5 per cent, while Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affected two in every 1,000 personnel in 2016/17. Previous MoD studies claim veterans are less likely to kill themselves than civilians with eight out of 100,000 servicemen committing suicide in 2017, compared to 19 out of 100,000 in the general population in 2016. Defence chiefs are committed to spending up to £220 million over the next decade to improve military mental health services.

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Duke hands over new £300 million Forces rehab centre Tracey Allen

Heavyweight role WG CDR Neil Philp, (left) has taken over command of Brize Nortonbased 206 Sqn, developing and testing the capability of the RAF’s heavy transport fleet. He takes over the role from outgoing commander Wg Cdr Bruce Farquhar.

THE DUKE of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May attended the official handover of the £300 million Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre which will replace Headley Court. The centre, purpose-built on the Stanford Hall Estate near Loughborough, will provide rehabilitation facilities for Armed Forces personnel who have suffered major trauma or injury during service. Rehab services are being transferred from Headley Court in Surrey where Service personnel

have been treated for more than 70 years. Staff will move to the DNRC later this summer. The new facility, expected to be formally opened in 2019, was the initiative of the sixth Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, who led the charity fundraising drive with a personal founding gift of £70m. The seventh Duke, on behalf of his father who died in 2016, formally handed the DNRC to the Prime Minister.

He said: “My father served in the Reserve Army for 40 years and knew first-hand the high price that soldiers, sailors and airmen can pay – he wanted to do something to help. “I hope that the DNRC’s full potential can be realised and, if that happens, it will be a remarkable legacy.” The Surgeon General, Lt Gen Martin Bricknell, said: “The potential this facility offers to build on the legacy of Headley Court is unparalleled, HANDOVER: Prime Minister Theresa May enabling the UK to remain at the forefront of trauma To date, £270 million has been rehabilitation.” raised for the centre.

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Pals’ suicides drive Hill’s mental health crusade Staff Reporter AIR FORCE triathlon champion Sgt Scott Hill is stepping up his campaign to support Forces fighters suffering from mental health issues after two close friends took their own lives. The superfit airman became an ambassador for the Royal British Legion earlier this year – the first serving member of the military to hold the position. Now he is using his position in the welfare group to highlight the dangers facing those battling depression and conditions like PTSD which affect more than five per cent of Forces personnel. The RAF Gunner, who served four frontline tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, revealed that his own life has been rocked by the double suicide of two close friends – one serving in the RAF and the other a civilian. He said: “Losing two poeple close to me was a devestating blow. “Those tragedies have made me more determined to get the message about help and support of organisations like the British Legion out to others in the Forces.” Hill recently completed two back-to-back Iron Man events in Wales and is the only UK Serviceman to compete in the Iron Man world

championships in Hawaii for two years running. He said getting involved in high level sport helped him cope with the pressures of Service life. He added: “There are a lot of organisations in the military family that offer support. “Places like Headley Court and events like the Invictus Games really

help people cope with their injuries and there are other organisations who are there to help support those battling things like depression and PTSD. “Getting involved in competitive sport has really helped me to deal with a few things. “It is vital that people who think they are in trouble get the help that is available to them.” As part of his latest charity role he says he is keen to dispel the myth that the Royal British Legion is only there to support veterans – not serving personnel. He added: “The RBL is for anyone who has served for more than just seven days. “It doesn’t matter if you are a veteran, still serving or someone who has just signed up. “It is an organisation that is there to provide support to those who need it.” Before joining the RBL as an ambassador, Sgt Hill raised thousands to support the charity Homeless Veterans by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just four days, sleeping rough during the challenge. Go to: britishlegion. CAMPAIGNER: Sgt Scott Hill is the first serving member of the Armed Forces to volunteer as an ambassador for the Royal British Legion

FOUR-YEAR-OLD SAMUEL Williamson joins 96-year-old World War II RAF veteran Harry Rossiter at the annual service at the Bomber Command Memorial. Harry flew 30 missions as a

wireless operator with 115 Sqn. Samuel attended the event with his family to remember his Great Uncle Flt Sgt Eric Simmons who served as a bomb aimer and was killed in action in 1944.

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A DEFENCE BOFFIN has been awarded a PhD - for his research into washing underwear. The scientist at the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory won the academic award after spending seven years researching how continuous washing affects protective clothing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including blast pants issued to frontline troops. As part of the research programme he also used a cement mixer to do the laundry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an ingenious method used by troops to keep their clothes clean in Iraq and Afghanistan. The scientist â&#x20AC;&#x201C; known only as Dr Mark â&#x20AC;&#x201C; said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We needed to understand the effect

of laundering on the performance of protective fabrics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The research revealed evidence that the fabrics used retained their ballistic protective performance, while other potential fabrics showed improvement after washing.â&#x20AC;? Mark added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started work in the field of body armour 20 years ago, and served with the UK Armed Forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the scientific advisory branch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With friends in the Armed Forces it became a personal battle to help protect those who were putting themselves in harmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way.â&#x20AC;? Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research is now being used to develop a new range of fragment protective clothing for the Armed Forces.

Pilgrimage to honour RAF dad who became Fergusonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football mentor THE SON of a wartime RAF Serviceman has made a pilgrimage to the Bahamas to honour the memory of his father who served there in World War II. Robin Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father Robert was conscripted, aged 37, in 1941 and served as LAC groundcrew in the Bahamas with OTU 111 and later with Coastal Command in north east Scotland. He survived the war and went on to help launch the career of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as boss of Queens Park football club. Robin and his wife Sandra laid a bouquet of flowers at the Nassau War Cemetery in remembrance of all the RAF personnel who served there during WWII. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, which disbanded in 2005, maintained the cemetery until it was taken over by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

POST WAR ROLE: Grant, pictured right, and Alex Ferguson (far left) at Queens Park

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cemetery, which is in excellent condition and has a very peaceful air, is a credit to all those involved, past and present.â&#x20AC;? Robert Grant, who served in the RAF until 1945, was president of Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park football team from 1959-61 when a young Alex Ferguson was a team member.

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Babs says it with flowers

THE 96-YEAR-OLD widow of a World War II hero has created a special flower arrangement to commemorate the RAF’s centenary. Ethel Digman, known as ‘Babs’, returned to the hobby as therapy after her husband, Gp Capt John Digman, DFC, passed away aged 94 at the end of last year, said her daughter Jill. Mrs Dignam, who had known John for 75 years, now lives in a residential home in Chislehurst, Kent, where the arrangement has pride of place in the entrance hall. Jill added: “Mum was a WAAF during the war – the RAF is in her blood.”

The boys with the noise Typhoon ready for ear-splitting air show display

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TRIBUTE: From top, Babs and John, the special RAF100 flower arrangement, John during his RAF career

THE COMBAT hardened Typhoon pilot selected to show off the RAF’s supersonic fighter has vowed to ‘bring the noise,’ to the Royal International Air Tattoo. Iraq and Libya campaigns veteran Flt Lt Jim Peterson says he hopes his demonstration of the Eurofighter’s prowess will inspire others to join up. He said: “The Typhoon is an incredible aircraft to fly. The stateof-the-art flight control system makes the carefree handling of the aircraft an absolute joy to display. “Combined with the immense power from the EJ200 engines

Typhoon is a fighter at the cutting edge of performance. The display is run by Coningsbybased 29 Squadron which trains all fast jet pilots converting to Typhoon, Electronic Warfare and Weapons Instructors, and hundreds of engineers every year. It’s a culmination of months of hard work and detailed preparation by a dedicated team of volunteers. Flt Lt Peterson said: “When people see and more importantly hear the Typhoon ripping through the sky, I hope they consider the fantastic team of volunteer engineers, IT support and logistics personnel working behind the

scenes. Without them there would be no display. “I hope the team and I inspire people to consider either a career in the RAF, aviation or engineering.” Flt Lt Peterson was born in Bermuda, moved to the UK in 1981 aged four, and was inspired to fly fast jets when as a 10-yearold his parents took him to Bournemouth air show. Following flying training he flew Tornado GR4 with Marham-based XIII Squadron and deployed twice on operations over Iraq. Flt Lt Peterson crossed over to the Typhoon in 2006 and was posted to XI(F) Sqn in 2009 at

Coningsby where he conducted Quick Reaction Alert duties in the UK and Falkland Islands and flew on operations over Libya. In 2015 he joined 29 Squadron where he is a Qualified Flying Instructor teaching student pilots how to operate Typhoon while continuing to defend UK airspace on QRA. He landed the job after aceing a display flying test in the full mission simulator. Flt Lt Peterson designed the routine himself to show off the Typhoon’s immense power and acceleration and to live up to the display team’s social media catchphrase of #bringthenoise.

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News WINNING STREAK: Benson Cubs at the top of their game after coaching from England boss Gareth Southgate. PHOTO: LAC TAMSIN REED

ULTRA SONIC: Flt Lt Jim Peterson says he will pump up the volume for the crowds at RIAT this weekend. PHOTOS: GORDY ELIAS/SGT PAUL OLDFIELD

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UK joins European task force Staff Reporter BRITISH MILITARY personnel are to join a 10,000 strong Joint Expeditionary Force of frontline fighters from nine nations, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed. Made up of military units from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden the JEF is designed to deploy on peacekeeping duties anywhere in the world. The first multi-national military training exercise took place at Salisbury Plain, earlier this year,

supported by RAF Chinook and Tornado GR4 aircraft. Mr Williamson said: “Our commitment sends a clear message to our allies and adversaries alike – our nations will stand together to meet new and conventional challenges and keep our countries and our citizens safe and secure in an uncertain world. “We are judged by the company we keep, and while the Kremlin seeks to drive a wedge between allies old and new alike, we stand with the international community united in support of international rules.”

YOUNGSTERS AT RAF Benson are hoping their winning ways have rubbed off on their England World Cup heroes as they prepare to meet Croatia in the semi-finals. The footy-mad nine and 10-yearolds from the Oxfordshire station hosted boss Gareth Southgate after bagging a sackful of silverware in their 2016 season. And on his visit the then U21s England manager also met aircrew to pick up tips on what elite sportsmen could learn from Air Force training methods for performing under pressure. RAF Benson Lion Cubs Under 12s manager Liam Wilkinson said: “World Cup fever has definitely gripped the team – so much so the boys have made me change the coaching session to avoid it clashing with the England game. “The boys and their parents have been proudly

sharing photos of themselves training with Gareth Southgate and watching England training at St George’s Park. “They know how nice the players are as they met them at a training session last June and it feels quite personal for them to watch their heroes do so well.” Southgate quizzed RAF Chinook and Puma helicopter crews on military leadership techniques and coping with stress in the combat zone before taking up the the top job with the national team The England boss will be hoping to avoid the example of his predecessor Roy Hodgson who used the RAF’s world famous Latin motto to inspire his players in the 2014 tournament in Brazil only to see his side crash out in the group stage after a Per Ardua Ad Dis-astra.

SPORTING CHANCE: Above, Southgate chats to RAF crew at Benson, left, ill-fated Hodgson



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Protector UK debut

Reaper replacement first UAV to enter British airspace after 20 hour 7000 mile flight from US SKY EYE: From top, Reaper UAV, in action in Iraq; RAF pilot closes in on target from ground-based control centre PHOTOS: MOD

Staff Reporter THE NEW Protector unmanned combat aircraft set to replace the RAF’s Reaper will make its UK debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo. The aircraft will be piloted remotely as it makes the 7000-mile, 20-hour flight across the Atlantic from North Dakota to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The flight will be the first time an unmanned military aircraft has entered

RAF party is right on track Oscar Taylor THE RAF’S centenary celebrations are on track in the North East. Assistant chief of the Air Staff AVM Mike Wigston (pictured right) unveiled a commuter train decked out in Service colours to mark the landmark date, in Newcastle. Civic leaders joined air chiefs on board ‘The Spirit of The Royal Air Force’, as it made its first trip to nearby Durham. AVM Wigston reviewed a parade at the city’s historic cathedral which was followed by a flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

UK airspace under remote control. The Royal Air Force will operate 20 Protectors which have doubled the endurance of the Reaper and will carry upgraded weapons and deliver enhanced surveillance capabilities. RAF Reapers armed with laser guided Paveway bombs and Hellfire missiles are currently supporting coalition operations in Iraq and Syria. Fully armed Reaper UAVs can monitor

enemy positions for more than 20 hours and launch precision strikes on fastmoving targets on the ground. The role of the new Protector aircraft will be expanded to include homeland defence operations, search and rescue missions and monitoring natural disasters, the MoD has revealed. Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: “Protector’s first arrival in the UK is an exciting milestone in our mission to get

the most advanced equipment to combat the intensifying threats that we face. “This unmanned aircraft will not only give us a decisive advantage on the battlefield but will help us reach new heights to keep Britain safe at home and overseas.” The aircraft, due to enter service with the RAF in 2020, will be part of the static display at the Royal International Air Show at Fairford.

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CYCLISTS FROM Lossiemouth clocked up 280 miles around the North East of Scotland to raise funds for local charities. The 18-man team covered the distance in four days, netting cash for local charities MFR, Cash for Kids and Outfit Moray.


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A RAF Chinook airlifted more than 100 tonnes of chalk to restore the famous Bulford Kiwi – a 140-metre high monument carved into the Wiltshire hillside by soldiers from New Zealand at the end of World War I. Troops from the 3rd Division Signal Regiment and a team of injured veterans joined local conservation volunteers and members of the New Zealand High Commission to spruce up the site with a new layer of chalk. PHOTO: SAC PIPPA FOWLES

Vertical reality F-35 LIGHTNING pilot Wg Cdr John Butcher, (pictured below) performed the UK stealth fighter’s first vertical landing at RAF Marham following his debut sortie from the Norfolk base. The UK has taken delivery of four of the ‘B’ variant’ short take off and vertical landing fifth generation stealth fighters from a total order of 138.

Golf war veterans go the distance RECORD BID: Amputee Mike Brown gets into the swing of things

Simon Mander TOP GOLFERS teed up on the runway at Honington in a bid to record the world’s longest drive. RAF Golf Association members teamed up with disabled veterans group the On Course Foundation and American Golf to stage the event. Nine hundred yards was painstakingly measured along the Suffolk station’s runway before a temporary tee was positioned in the middle of the tarmac. Biggest hitter of the day was American Golf staff member Matt Nicolle who smashed his ball 657.44 yards, which is a contender for the longest drive on a flat surface. RAF personnel taking part included Sqn Ldr Nick Beer who recorded a distance of 511.4 yards. Disabled golfer Mike Browne belted a staggering 564.65-yard shot to record the longest ever golf drive by a single leg amputee. And current American Golf UK Long Drive Champion Ilona Stubley hit a 460.94-yard drive to

DRIVING RANGE: Golfer tees off on the Honington runway

set a new (unofficial) record for women. American Golf head of events Matt Bacon said: “It’s been a pleasure to be here with the RAF and OCF today. “We can’t thank them enough for arranging the loan of their runway and for helping us collect all the evidence we need to submit the records to Guinness. “I can’t think of more reliable witnesses, so we’re confident the applications are in safe hands.”

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Love is in the air... LOVE was most definitely in the air as thousands of members of the public attended events to show their thanks to the RAF, Army and Royal Navy. The tenth annual Armed Forces Day, on June 30, saw parades and festivals taking place across the UK and beyond.

PRIDE AND RESPECT: Hon Gp Capt wreath Carol Vorderman salutes after laying at Armed Forces Day event in Plymouth

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And hundreds of personnel from across the three Services did their bit to ensure it was a party to remember. In Llandudno the Red Arrows wowed the crowd watching proceedings in the scorching sun… and left a vapour trail heart in the sky as a mark of their

appreciation. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “This is the tenth Armed Forces Day and it remains a valuable opportunity to honour our troops who work so hard to keep us safe. Our Servicemen and women are on hand every hour of every day to protect us.”


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Feature RIAT 2018: Three-page special preview

By Simon Mander

Hang onto your hats, it’s time for RIAT ONLY TWO to three new pilots join the world’s most famous aerobatic display team each year. Most who make the grade spend three years with the Red Arrows before returning to the frontline. It takes years of dedication, training and experience as an operational frontline pilot before they will even be considered. Every applicant must have clocked up at least 1,500 hours flying frontline combat aircraft such as the Tornado, Typhoon and, now, the F-35 Lightning. With an international reputation to uphold, team bosses demand exceptional pilots who have proved they are a cut above the rest throughout their flying role with the Royal Air Force. RED 1 Sqn Ldr Martin Pert is a former Harrier pilot who flew combat missions during the 13-year conflict in Afghanistan. He transferred to the Typhoon with Lossiemouth’s II Sqn policing the UK’s skies and Nato airspace in the Baltic. Before taking on the job as Red 1 he flew combat missions in Iraq and Syria as part of the Typhoon detachment supporting coalition operations against the Daesh terror group.

CHINOOK: One of the stars of RIAT

COMBAT VETERANS of the 2018 Chinook air display team are hoping to double the number of displays they make this year, despite being constantly on standby for operations. The Odiham-based outfit – the only frontline Air Force unit which performs air shows at weekends while on standby to deploy worldwide during the week – hopes to make its RAF100 season special. This year’s team captain is Flight Lieutenant Stu Kynaston, a veteran of four tours of Afghanistan, with 1,500 flying hours on the Chinook. He said: “It’s a very busy schedule, last year we did 17 shows, this year we’re aiming to complete 30 displays around the country, so that’s almost double. “It’s very fashionable to have the Air Force this year as it’s our 100th anniversary and it’s great that the nation and the public are keen to get involved. “We’ve just performed at Cosford, which was excellent. For me it was my local show, I’m a Shropshire boy and first went there as a 13-year-old air cadet. “My family were there and I got to see my mum before and after the show, and she loved the fact that I was there in the display role. “Looking ahead to the rest of the season to be involved with RIAT

will be absolutely amazing as it’s the biggest show there is by a long stretch. Further on the Odiham Families’ Day is always special, as it’s a chance for the rest of the station to see what they’ve put a lot of effort into supporting throughout the season. “It ends with a bit of a sad twinge with Bournemouth, which is a huge show, but will also be the last one this year, which is a real shame.” The honour of manning the display team alternates annually between the station’s two squadrons – this year it’s 27 Squadron’s turn. Membership is voluntary, subject to rigorous assessment, and involves sacrificing weekends off all summer but competition to don the unit’s iconic black flying suits remains as keen as ever. This year’s team manager, Master Aircrew Vince Bartlett, a veteran of four tours of Iraq and 11 in Afghanistan, said: “I displayed as crew in 2009 and had a fantastic time and it’s something that still excites me. “The Chinook is a phenomenal platform and can achieve any mission you throw at it. This year we’ve seen it operating in Cumbria in the snow and four months earlier it was supporting the disaster relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean.”

Other 2018 Chinook Display Team members are:

MEN IN BLACK: Display team members

MACr Bartlett said the aircrew were indebted to the engineers, and other support staff at Odiham without whose help they couldn’t display. Among them is Chief Technician Alan Brown, who has kept the station’s Chinooks flying from both HMS Ocean and HMS Illustrious, and on operations in Bosnia, Northern Island, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He said: “It’s the tight timeline to get the aircraft ready for a display on top of the normal taskings that is the main challenge. We only get access to the helicopter on Friday morning and we have to work quickly to get it ready for the weekend.

“We have a few Chinooks that are able to do displays, but they’re not dedicated to that purpose, they’re still fully operational helicopters that are on standby during the rest of the week ready to go anywhere at any time, they’re not the bespoke aircraft that other teams have.” A Chinook man through and through Chf Tech Brown has worked on Mk2 and 2A variants with 18(B) Squadron and, as Detachment Coordinator with 7 Squadron, was responsible for engineering support for Chinooks deployed around the world. He was also involved in the introduction of the new Chinook Mk6 to UK service.

Co-Pilots: l Flight Lieutenant Matthew ‘Schmitty’ Smyth, a veteran of four tours of Afghanistan with 1,500 flying hours. l Flight Lieutenant Andy ‘Donners’ Donovan, who has flown the Chinook Mk 4, 5 and 6A in the United States, Sweden, France and Germany. Team Supervisor: l Squadron Leader Olley Leaming, a former Search and Rescue Force Sea King Mk3 pilot. Engineering: l Chief Tech Marcus Ward, who oversaw the reintroduction of the Chinook to the Falkland Islands after a 10-year absence. Weapon Systems Operators/ Crewmen: l Sergeant James ‘Big K’ Kennedy, who has flown off HMS Ocean and was a member of the first crew to return the Chinook operations to the Falklands. l Sergeant Gav ‘Ando’ Anderson has nearly 1000 hours on Chinook and is one of three team members to deliver aid to Hurricane victims on Operation RUMAN in the Caribbean. l Sergeant Dave Cawood.

RED 2 Essex-born Typhoon campaigner Flt Lt Jon Bond joined the Arrows this year and has served on many frontline operations with 3(F) Sqn, including tours in the Falklands and guarding Nato borders with Russia in Lithuania. In addition to his operational experience he has taken part in high-level international combat exercises in the US, the Gulf and the Far East. RED 3 Reds veteran Sqn Ldr Mike Ling returns to the team for this year’s display season, replacing Flt Lt David Stark who was injured in a training exercise. Before joining the Red Arrows in 2008 Mike, 39, flew Tornado F3 defending UK airspace and completed operational tours in the Falklands, along with major training exercises in Europe and India. During his first three years with the Arrows he flew as part of the Synchro Pair for two seasons. RED 4 Flt Lt Chris Lyndon Smith was awarded a RAF Flying Scholarship at the age of 16 and earned his pilot’s licence just a year later. This is the second stint with the team for the 38-yearold frontline Tornado pilot who has flown in more Arrows positions than any other member of the team – with experience flying as Red 2, Red 4, Red 6 and Red 7. Chris is also a combat survival expert, honing his skills in austere desert and jungle conditions.

Red 5 Typhoon pilot and weapons specialist Flt Lt Dan Lowes has served with 1 Sqn, 29 Sqn and and 41 Sqn and joins the Arrows after a stint in the US conducting airborne weapons trials for the swing role fighter. Born into an RAF family, 33-year-old Dan wanted to be a pilot from an early age. He has been on frontline tours on Quick Reaction Alert duties in the UK and the Falklands and taken part in a number of big ticket combat exercises in America, Malaysia and India. RED 6 After completing his fast jet flying training with the RAF Red Arrows, Synchro Leader Flt Lt Si Taylor was selected to conduct tactical weapons training on Hawks at the Nato flying training school. He has served on Tornados in Afghanistan and Libya before switching to the Typhoon carrying out QRA duties in the Falklands and taking part in multinational exercises in the Gulf states and Europe. RED 7 Flt Lt Toby Keeley completed his Elementary Flying Training with Southampton University Air Squadron and joined the RAF in 2003. He flew Tornados with 31 Sqn at Marham and completed two operational tours in Afghanistan before taking on the task of training the next generation of UK military pilots at RAF Valley. Toby was an airshow veteran before joining the Arrows – he managed and flew with the Hawk T2 display team. RED 8 Flt Lt Matt Masters got his flying licence before his driver’s licence and joined the RAF in 1998. After completing his training he was posted to RAF Leuchars flying the Tornado F3 on QRA duties. He has taken part in exercises all over the world including Red Flag in Las Vegas, Denmark and the Middle East. He served a tour with the National Air and Space Operations unit and recently flew with 100 Sqn as part of the RAF’s ‘aggressor’ squadron. This is his third year with the team. Red 9 One of the last of a generation of Harrier pilots, Flt Lt Mike Bowden switched to the Tornado GR4 after the iconic vertical landing and take off jet was withdrawn from UK service in 2010. He completed two tours of Afghanistan and has taken part in exercises in the United States, Denmark and the Middle East.

NEW MOVE: The Red Arrows perform the spectacular 2018 Centenary Split, devised especially to mark RAF100

RED 10 – team supervisor Sqn Ldr Adam Collins has flown the Tornado GR4 and the F111 on an exchange posting with the Royal Australian Air Force. After a two-year tour with the British Army he joined 100 Sqn as Flight Commander, flying the Hawk T1.

Commanding Officer Kiwi-born Wg Cdr Andrew Keith is a former Harrier pilot who served three tours in Afghanistan before taking on a tactical planning role with the RAF. Wg Cdr Keith has overall responsibility for the team.

BBMF in Trenchard formation THE BATTLE of Britain Memorial Flight says its newest display is already wowing the crowds at the start of the show season. The Coningsby-based unit put together its Trenchard formation – named after the founding father of the RAF – as its tribute to the Service’s centenary. It involves four of the flight’s iconic aircraft types flying together for the first time and has so far stolen the show at Cosford and Westonsuper-Mare displays. Officer Commanding BBMF, Squadron Leader Andy Millikin, said: “It’s unique, it’s never been done by the BBMF before in a display and involves Dakota, Lancaster and two fighters. “We arrive as a four-ship, the fighters do their synchro display, then the bombers come on and take up formation in front of the crowd

– it’s pretty spectacular. The reception it has received has been fantastic. The comments we’ve had from the public are the best we’ve ever had in terms of what people are saying about the noise and the spectacle. “It’s a hell of a thing to see, especially the Lancaster with the fighters forming around it. It’s a real feast for the eyes and the ears.”

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Sombre tale of small town life T

HE LAST time the two female leads of The Bookshop, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson, were on the big screen together, it was for quite a different film – Sally Potter’s The Party. In that, a black comedy filmed in black and white, they played 21st century guests at a London dinner party for a politician who had just been given a shadow cabinet job.

The Bookshop couldn’t be more of a contrast. Set in 1959 in a small, sleepy Suffolk seaside town called Hardborough (actually filmed in Northern Ireland), it stars Mortimer as the almost-mousy war widow Florence Green whose plan to open a bookshop pits her against Clarkson’s snobbish, socially ambitious, imperious bigwig Violet Gamart who is determined the premises should become a local arts centre. Between them is Bill Nighy as a world-weary, wealthy widower Mr Brundish who lives alone in his large house, reading books. He’s enchanted by Florence, who introduces him to the delights of Nabokov's Lolita and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, hates Mrs Gamart and tries to stop her sabotaging Florence's dreams. Based on the novel of the same name by Penelope Fitzgerald (who is ripe for rediscovery a la Barbara Pym), it’s a sad story that drags at times and is disappointingly downbeat. The three leads deliver solid performances – Nighy as pained, pent-up Brundish, Mortimer as the charming Florence, and Clarkson as villainess Gamart, although her accent is somewhat strange.


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LITERATURE LOVERS: Bill Nighy, above, stars as Mr Brundish and Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, left, in The Bookshop adapted from the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald.

James Lance is irritating as smooth, scheming BBC man Milo North, and Honor Kneafsey as Christine is excellent as the schoolgirl bookshop assistant who remains loyal to Florence, despite her family’s interference.

Spanish filmmaker’s Isabel Coixet’s effort is, up to a point, engaging, but it’s ultimately unsatisfying. Review by Tracey Allen R'n'R Rating:



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Heinkel He 111: The Latter Years by Chris Goss

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Icon into heart of darkness Delicious mystery THE LATEST offering from the Air War Archive is Chris Goss’ Heinkel He 111: The Latter Years and this collection of fascinating images follows an aeronautical icon into the heart of military darkness. Covering the years from the Blitz to the demise of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Reich, but unlike titles on the Luftwaffe before it, Goss’ work, which is the second instalment on the place, produces a crunching impact on the reader. The lack of editorial content, minus an introduction and photographic captions, creates a deathly chill as you slowly follow this outdated and outmoded aircraft and its crews to its final destruction in the ashes,

after an initial stumble and proof of weakness in the Blitz. Opening images taken from over Europe are of almost casual unfettered flights, without the need for fighter support. Personnel pose in front of their beloved 111 in Schipol, Holland and all seems well, there are some excellent images of rebuilt aircraft featuring Jumo 211F-1 engines and c abl e - c utt i ng equipment and barrage deflectors, but the real interest comes as the war takes a new route. R u s s i a and The Mediterranean is the second section of the book, and the

number of crashed and destroyed 111 rises at a shocking rate. As the pages turn the destruction carries on unabated, in one fantastic shot a 111 is seen enveloped in fire after being hit by flak over Lvov in the Ukraine, the seconds before death brought home starkly. From Iraq to Bari the chaos continues, amidst pomp and circumstance of celebratory flight number shots. One of Feldwebel Heinz Gossow being handed a bottle of drink to mark his 2000th flight sits juxtaposed with two images of destroyed 111s. Even General Adolf Galland is seen by a 111 P-2 tail late in 1944. The end of this thought provoking work, sees the once feted Heinkel reduced to training and basic transport roles as it and dreams of victory reach their culmination, grounded in the dust of Eastern Europe and finally Germany. Review by Daniel Abrahams R'n'R Rating:

GAME OF THRONES star Natalie Dormer heads the cast in a new TV adaptation of the classic Australian novel Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay about the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900. It charts the subsequent investigation and the event’s farreaching impact on the students, families and staff of Appleyard College, and on the nearby township. Theories abound, long-held secrets are exposed and paranoia and hysteria set in. The series explores issues of repression and sexuality, freedom and suffocating respectability. Dormer, (pictured right) plays governess Hester Appleyard in the sixpart costume drama. She said: “I was attracted to this project

because of the script. I thought the way this whole community and school had been fleshed out between the lines of what is present in the novel was wonderful. “What you have overarching the entire thing is this delicious mystery: what happened to those girls? What happened on the Hanging Rock? She added: “There is no greater mystery than who is Hester Appleyard. She’s got something to prove. She’s come to Australia, as a lot of people did at the end of the 19th century, to reinvent herself, to completely give herself a new identity. “We slowly reveal the ghosts and the baggage of that past – who she is and this little kingdom that she has created 10,000 miles away from home to hide from her past.” PHOTO: BBC

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The Big Interview David Haig




Call The Midwife The Gp Capt who showed Film festival is on star's new 'baby' a lot of Shrek The Musical

Ocean Film Festival

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ALL THE Midwife's Laura Main stars as Princess Fiona in the touring production of Shrek The Musical, directed by former EastEnder Nigel Harman. Best known for her role as Shelagh Turner in the awardwinning BBC series, Laura will return to Call The Midwife for this year's Christmas special, and in the autumn Harman will direct Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) in Big Fish, The Musical. Harman said: "Shrek The Musical uses the best elements of the film – the animated look, the feel, and those incredibly witty scenes with Donkey – and transposes them onto the stage. Then we add big, bold, song and dance layers on top. "I found the movie really warm and enjoyed the subversion of traditional fairy-tale characters that DreamWorks, and especially the Shrek franchise, were pioneers at. When the musical opened at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, I was playing Lord Farquaad and winning the Olivier Award was the icing on the cake."

I love how there is so much more to Princess Fiona than just trying to look attractive in a dress, I think that's a great message for young girls

He added: "Per for ming the show eight times a week in front of a live audience, I got to witness firsthand the audience getting sucked in to the humour and the spectacle. From the moment it starts, they are there on the journey with you and I think that's a really powerful and quite unique experience for both the cast and the audience." M a i n said: "Shrek is about


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DIRECTOR: Ex-EastEnder Harman (centre)

not judging a book by its cover, about being true to yourself and celebrating your and others' uniqueness. It is a fairytale, but not as you’ve previously known them." She added: "I love how fiery and feisty Fiona is – as a Scot, I can be both of those things too. I love how there is so much more to Princess Fiona than just trying to look attractive in a dress, I think that's a great message for young girls." As both a stage and screen star, how does Main think the two differ? She explained: "Being on stage is much more expansive, and even more so in a musical, with the physical elements of singing and dancing. People who watch Call The Midwife find it hard to believe it’s the same person. "But that is what acting is about, taking on different characters and working in different ways. I think ultimately it’s about being truthful and although you have to project more in theatre, that’s the same for screen and stage." She added: "I particularly enjoy opening Act 2 with a song that involves tap dancing with giant rats. And I know a big favourite for audiences is the 14ft dragon – not that you have to look out for her, you can’t miss her!" n Shrek The Musical tours to venues including Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Glasgow, Belfast and Plymouth. Go to: for details. STAR: Call The Midwife actress Laura Main (Shelagh Turner) plays Princess Fiona (inset above)

AVID HAIG is under pressure eight times a week – and he’s loving it. The actor, probably best known for his role alongside Rowan Atkinson in the comedy The Thin Blue Line, is currently starring in the West End in a play he wrote, Pressure, as Gp Capt James Stagg. Stagg was an unlikely hero – a ‘dour’ Scot, who, as a meteorologist, changed the mind of General Eisenhower over which day to launch the Normandy Assault. Haig said: “Stagg was a war hero, definitely. It’s like Alan Turing – the same idea of a powerful, important decision made by someone who is apparently on the sidelines of warfare. “By persuading Eisenhower to delay the D-Day landings by a day, Stagg probably saved between ALLIES: General Eisenhower (Malcolm Sinclair) and Gp Capt James Stagg (actor David Haig) 40,000 and 80,000 lives in the short term, in the long term probably many more than that because the made into an ITV drama, starring series of characters over a long period war would have dragged on.” Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe as and the interweaving of plots. I think Before being approached to Jack and Haig as Kipling. He is now that would be absolutely fascinating.” write Pressure, Haig admitted he working on a screen version of He revealed that he wasn’t the had never heard of James Stagg. Pressure. first choice to play the role of He explained: “The Royal He said: “My Boy Jack took 11 Stagg. He said: “We asked two Lyceum in Edinburgh were looking years to be filmed. I am in meetings famous actors – I won’t say who for a story about an unsung Scottish at the moment with people – one said he had played too hero and the director, John Dove, poor man’s Clark Gable and was the – that was his first rank.” interested in filming many of those sorts of roles had a small book about these complete opposite to Stagg.” While researching the play, Haig Pressure, whether as a TV before and the other one people. He added: “The Americans were spoke to Stagg’s widow – who lived one-off or a major movie.” wasn’t available. “Stagg looked extremely just using charts based on what to 101 – and his sons Peter, a former Once the play’s current “When both said no the interesting and the moment I the weather had done on previous Scotland international rugby union run ends in September, producer turned to me but started researching him I was occasions. Krick had analogous player, and Sandy. Both have seen the Olivier AwardI said it wasn’t my sort of addicted to his story because it was charts and the Americans simply Pressure more than once. winning actor is looking part. Now it feels absolutely so powerful and he was so quietly did not understand the volatility of Haig is from a military family forward to a winter of natural to be doing it myself brave and courageous. European weather. himself. He said: “The Haigs are writing. and I’m very relieved those two “As I researched Stagg I “The US weathermen predicted historically very well-known Army He said: “I’m not stars turned it down.” discovered more about Eisenhower a gloriously sunny day on June 5 folk. My father was in the Royal seeking out performing n Pressure is at the and his very moving relationship but Stagg predicted appalling storm Artillery for 20 years. A lot of actors work. I have an idea Ambassadors Theatre, with his chauffeur, Kay Summersby, force winds – some of the worst are the children of Forces parents for a new stage play 'ANDREW': Weatherman West Street, London WC2 [from the British Mechanised for a century. All the landing craft and I think that ritual combined and for a TV thing. I until September 1. Go to: colleague (Bert Transport Corps]. That triangular were flat-bottomed and would have with discipline is very similar, with would love to write a theambassadorstheatre. Seymour) of Stagg relationship forms the emotional capsized in the storms if Eisenhower the camaraderie, uniform, parade TV series, to develop a for more details. heart of a play that’s about science.” had gone with the American view.” and performance. It’s something kids Set during the four-day Stagg initially started his war of Forces people inherit and use as countdown to D-Day, at Southwick work as a civilian. Haig performers.” House near Portsmouth, the explained: “The Haig is also play reveals how Stagg and his American military the author American counterpart, Col refused to work of the play Irving Krick (Philip Cairns), with him because My Boy clashed over the weather he wasn’t in Jack, about forecast for the original date uniform so Rudyard for D-Day – June 5, 1944. he was then Kipling Krick predicted fine appointed and his son weather then but Stagg had to Group Captain. John, which persuade Eisenhower to hold That’s how he w a s back. joined the Air Force Haig said: “Krick was really the first celebrity weatherman – he forecast for films, including Gone With The Wind, and all of President Roosevelt’s summer holidays. “He was a fascinating man, started off as a concert pianist and after the war founded the CLOSE: Eisenhower and first major commercial MT driver Kay Summersby weather company. (Laura Rogers) STORM BREWING: Stagg and Summersby “He looked a bit like a

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HE OCEAN Film Festival World Tour is back for 2018, bringing an evening of inspirational ocean-themed films to more than 35 locations across the UK and Ireland in September and October. This new selection of films features seafaring adventurers rowing treacherous oceans, intrepid surfers riding the world's biggest waves and explores the planet's hidden depths. Now in its fifth year, the 2018 UK tour is the biggest yet. "Through stunning cinematography and mesmerising storytelling, audiences can expect to be wowed by the magic and mysteries of the world's oceans, coming at you through the big screen," said tour director Nell Teasdale. Each screening will have a free prize giveaway to win ocean-related goodies, said organisers. Highlights from the 2018 Ocean Film Tour include Kiwi Breeze, telling the inspirational story of Steve's 24,000km voyage from his London home to New Zealand in

SPECTACULAR: The Big Wave Project (above) and Touched by the Ocean (top left)

a 44ft yacht he built in his back garden and his determination to achieve his dream. Touched by the Ocean is about Latvian friends Karlis and Gints who have a second-hand rowing boat, no rowing experience and a grand plan: to become the first team ever to row across the South Atlantic Ocean, from Namibia to Brazil. And five years in the making, The Big Wave Project follows a tight-knit crew of leading surfers as they work together to attempt their goal – riding the world's biggest wave. The tour starts in Exeter on


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September 5 and finishes in Leeds on October 24. We have two tickets to win to the film festival at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon, on September 18. For your chance to win them, answer this question correctly: How many locations are included in the Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2018? Email your answer, marked Ocean Film Festival competition, to: or post it to our address below to arrive by July 27. n Visit www.oceanfilmfestival. to find out more about the festival, watch the trailer and book tickets.


The 'Eyes and Ears' of the RAF in WWII

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HE ROYAL Observer Corps proved a vital link in the communication chain in the UK's defence in World War II, particularly in the Battle of Britain, as it provided the only means of tracking enemy aircraft once they had crossed the coastline. The highly-skilled Observers were also able to identify and count the enemy aircraft. Even after the threat from the Luftwaffe receded after the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, the ROC (the ‘Royal' prefix was approved in 1941) came to the fore again when V1s opened a new reign of terror in 1944. Because these small, fast weapons were so hard to detect, the RAF's fighter controllers moved into the ROC’s operations rooms so that they could respond to the rocket threat more rapidly. Royal Observer Corps The 'Eyes and Ears' of the RAF in WWII, published by Pen & Sword Books (rrp

£19.99), is the official history of the ROC, written at the end of World War II. The Corps' operations throughout the conflict are set out in detail, including a section on Rudolf Hess's last flight and one on the work of those selected for employment as Seaborne Observers on ships during the D-Day landings, where their specialist identification skills were used to prevent 'friendly fire'. We have copies of the book to win. For your chance to own one, send us the correct answer to the following question: When was the ROC's 'Royal' prefix approved? Email your answer, marked ROC book competition, to: or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by July 27.

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Death LYNCH Michael FS RAF Regiment passed away on April 9 at Peterborough City Hospital, aged 81. He leaves a daughter Ann, son-in-law Peter, son David, daughterin-law Carol, son John, daughter-in-law Allison, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. We will miss you Dad, thanks for giving us a start in life to achieve and experience all the things we did. God bless. IT is with great sadness we announce the death on May 8 in Spain, of our beloved husband and father, ex Chf Tech David Alistair Mills – known as Dave – aged 80. He joined the RAF in 1956 and served 22 years until he retired in 1978. His love of engines and in particular aircraft engines gave him the opportunity to work all over the world, especially after he joined MSS at RAF Lyneham. His postings took him and his family to places they never dreamed they would visit let alone live in for a time. He served at RAF Swinderby (where he met his wife in 1961),

Akrotiri, Lyneham, Bahrain (Muharraq) and back to Oxfordshire to RAF Brize Norton where he managed to eventually get back to work on MSS. His wife Ray (ex WRAF), son Ian, daughter Sue, extended family in Scotland and Norfolk and friends here in the UK and overseas are heartbroken at his sudden passing.

Heath, Suffolk onß August 23, 1939. Please reply to Terry Collins 53 Kirby Street, Ipswich, Suffolk: 01473 719984.

Shawbury wants bikers

SEEKING Janet Graham. We served together at RAF Wittering in the 1970s. She gave me something of great sentimental value of hers and I wish to return it to her. Please contact Christopher Driver, 8 Crow Green Lane, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9RL SEEKING information about Plt Off EC Wearing (178339), a member of my uncle, WO Peter McKee’s wartime crew.

ON TRACK: Action from last year’s fundraising event for motorbike enthusiasts at RAF Shawbury


Seeking SEEKING information about Flt Sgt Cecil Eneder Higgins, originally from County Wexford. Died with crew, LAC John Machin and AC.1 Douglas Treadwell in an air accident at Martlesham

WO PETER McKEE WO McKee, a mid-upper gunner and his 614 Squadron

RAF SHAWBURY is appealing for motorbike riders to take part in its annual fundraising Motorcycle Weekend on July 28-29. Last year’s event raised around £10,000 for charity and all proceeds from this year’s weekend will go to the Shropshire station’s nominated charities –

The Royal British Legion, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court and the Shropshire Deaf Children’s Society. Organiser Capt Chris Phipps said: “We will have three groups from basic to advanced and will run 20-minute sessions throughout the day.

“Every year the feedback we receive is amazing and people love the track layout, which is approximately 3.2 miles long.” The cost is £90 for one day and £150 for both. For details go to: shawbur yrider weekend. or see the Facebook page RAF Shawbury Riders Weekend.

crew were one of eight aircraft to take off on the evening of October 20, 1944 to drop target indicators for that night’s operation. Their Halifax II JP232 never came back and five of the crew were reported missing including WO McKee. Only one of the bodies was subsequently found and buried in the Gordian Civil Cemetery – the others have never been found and are commemorated at the Malta Memorial. Edward Charles ‘Ted’ Wearing survived the incident and was captured unhurt in South West Hungary. He was held in various POW camps and then finally in Stalag Luft III. On his release he travelled all the way to Fife to tell WO McKee’s parents not to hope for Peter’s return as it was extremely unlikely that he had survived. The rest of the crew were as follows and Ted Wearing was the only survivor: 151290] Flight Lieutenant I.H. Bruce, Captain; [178339] Pilot Officer E.C. Wearing, Navigator; 1548832 Flight Sergeant E.J. Sharp, Wireless Operator; 1523004 Sergeant H. Dunn, Flight Engineer; J87615 Pilot Officer J. Earl, Tail Gunner; J87867 Pilot Officer J.

McCormack, Bombardier; 1057959 Warrant Officer P. McKee, Mid-Upper Gunner. The visit for Ted must have been horribly painful but the whole family have always remembered his kindness in visiting them and would like Ted, if he is alive, or his family to know how much they all appreciate his actions and that they will forever be grateful to him. Please email Eileen McKee: if you can help.

as follows (and they might well have retired in a higher rank than that shown below, particularly those shown as Squadron Leaders): Gp Capt (Ret'd) RL Joyce (Richard), student 196971; Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) JN Landeryou (John), student 1973-75; Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) D Merriman (Don), student 1974-76; Gp Capt (Ret'd) JD Lunt, student 1975-77; Wg Cdr (Ret'd) RC WillisFleming (Robin), student 1976-78; Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) MJ Purdie (Michael), student 1977-79; Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) MA Gaynor (Malcolm), student 1979-81; Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) C Whitaker (Charles), student 1981-83; Wg Cdr (Ret'd) A Sawyer OBE (Alan), student 1987-89. Please email Lt Col Hercus on: or email: davidhercus@bundeswehr. org. Information on the final rank attained, final appointment in the RAF, the date they retired and what they did after leaving the RAF would also be useful. Some potential students are put off by the prospect of undergoing Advanced Staff Training overseas and it can be useful to reassure them graduates of the GAFSC still have a career ahead of them.

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SERVICES Caravan Club (Germany). Exiles searching for ex-members who served in Germany from the mid Sixties which included serving members of the RAF, Army, Navy, PSA, NAAFI and all other organisations involved with the Armed Forces in Germany. Please email: Geoffrey Cropper on: THE British Liaison Officer at the German Armed Forces Staff College (GAFSC) Hamburg, Lt Col David Hercus, wishes to make contact with a number of RAF students who attended Advanced Staff Training at the GAFSC. The GAFSC is keen to maintain links with former students and update them on developments in Hamburg. The officers in question are

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You can email photos for announcements on this page to: Cpl Jeff G Smith who served in the 10th Squadron at RAF Brize Norton from 1968 to 1970. Please call: 01443 492063 after 6pm. SEEKING Bill Roche Corporal 1956/57 stationed around North Wiltshire area. Contact Doreen Freegard née Nolan doreenfreegard@ 7 Glevum Close, Purton, Wiltshire SN5 4HA; 01793 770178. Any information. SEEKING my uncle John Leggate from Strathaven who served at Campbeltown, Scotland. If anyone has information please email: Ricky1690stewart@yahoo. com or call: 07490 083693 as I wish to contact him and Susan his wife.

Apprentices who trained 377159 or: 07889 680041. at RAF St Athan, Bircham Newton, Halton, Ruislip ARAFWO or Hereford. For details of YOUR association go to: THE Association of RAF Women Officers (ARAFWO) has been Reunions providing opportunities for women officers to maintain 249 Sqn's final Association contact with the RAF and reunion on the 100th each other since its formation anniversary of the Sqn's in 1955. Membership is formation is at North Weald open to all serving and on August 18. Please contact former serving women the Hon Sec Tommy Cullen officers of the RAF, RAuxAF, RAFVR(T), WRAF, WAAF, on: 01914550229. WRAuxAF and WRAFVR. VANBRUGH Castle All eligible ladies are invited School Reunion – Sunday, to join and will be given the September 2. All former warmest welcome. Please pupils and their families are email: suearnold474@gmail. welcome. If you are interest com;or call: 07740 86565. in attending, please email v anbr u g h c a st l e s ch o ol @ RAFA service

SEEKING RAF Boy Entrants of the 43rd Entry RAF Saint Athan from 1961-62. Contact: don43rdentrysaints@yahoo. com or via our website: 43rdentr yrafstathan.

313 Entry RAF Hereford Supplier General. 50 years since we were at Hereford. Interested in a reunion? Please email: David Johnson: DCJ440.313@btinternet. com

RAF Administrative Apprentice Association. Seeking all Administrative

CSDE F4J(UK) Project reunion. Interested? Please contact Ted Stickley: 01271

NOTTINGHAM RAFA are holding their annual Battle of Britain service and parade on Sunday, September 16 at St Mary's Church and would like to hear from Commonwealth veterans in the Nottingham area who would like to take part. Please contact: Mrs M Bell, 107 Leyton Crescent,

Beeston, Notts NG9 1PS.

Memorial service

Vet signs art tribute

SERVICE to unveil VC commemorative stone for Major Edward 'Mick' Mannock (below) – 11am, July 24, Old Steine War Memorial, Brighton, BN1 3OQ. All welcome. Contact: diane.coe@brighton-hove.

RAF Changi Assoc RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF), looking for new members, all ranks and civilian personnel who served 1946-72. Call Malcolm Flack on: 01494 728562; email: for details.


FOR THE RAF100 celebrations, Lincolnshire aviation author David Gledhill commissioned an original graphite drawing marking the centenary of his former fighter squadron, No. 92 (East India) Sqn and has presented it to the RAF Club in London to hang in The Spitfire Room. Signed by WWII fighter pilot Geoffrey Wellum (above centre, with Mr Gledhill, left and Ali McKay, 92 Sqn Association chairman, right) James Baldwin's drawing depicts Mr Wellum’s first victory in the Battle of Britain, flying his Spitfire. Mr Gledhill said: "I hope the drawing will recognise not only the contribution of 'The Few' but of every 92 Sqn member who served throughout its 100 years of service."



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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 230

Solve the crossword, then rearrange the seven letters in yellow squares to find an RAF term.

Prize Su Doku

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 July 27, 2018.

No. 239 Fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9.

Across 1. Piers loses match to high-fliers (4) 8. Guide a homeless creature in the right direction? Quite the opposite! (4,6) 9. It’s being passed to mark our 100th birthday (3,5) 10. Greek hero in Amsterdam outfit? (4) 12. Prove a disadvantage to shining light (6) 14. Manner in which Royal Navy gets up-to-date…(6) 15. …to stay in connection with the ocean (6) 17. Groom can’t even fight (6) 18. During test, Ewan makes this dish (4) 19. Scold Charles for altering site (8) 21. Crompton’s hero’s working with Defence Secretary (10) 22. Oddly trample this cassette (4)


Down 2. Agreement to hitch up (10) 3. Hunk has point for political party (4) 4. Manchester United legend has lost a part of Switzerland (6) 5. Morning returns for type of antelope that has Frenchman reaching for his gun (6) 6. Not drama involving a lack of thought (2,6) 7. Animal found on Scottish golf course, we hear (4) 11. Hairpin Sam manouevres with aerial dexterity (10) 13. 100 sprinted efficiently to station (8) 16. Native of Crete intoxicated by delicious drink (6) 17. Sounds like Santa has condition (6) 18. Tool maxims (4) 20. Gran left Doctor Who actor in sheltered accommodation (4) Name.................................................................................................................... Address................................................................................................................ .............................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................. RAF term...........................................................................Crossword No. 230

The winner of Crossword No. 227 is Dennis Lynch from Bridgend who wins a copy of Lightning Boys by Richard Pike (grubstreet. Solution to crossword No. 227: Across – 6. Engines 7. Baton 9. Relay 10. Pontiff 12. Controllers 14. Victory Roll 18. Traffic 19. Quiet 21. Miler 22. Wingman. Down – 1. Andes 2. Figaro 3. Ten 4. Cartel 5. Cosford 8. Colours 11. Steroid 13. Air Raid 15. Toffee 16. Lounge 17. Decay 20. Air. Aviation term – Flying Suits

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 July 27, 2018. Su Doku No. 238 winner is Natasha Booker from Aldershot who wins a copy of Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer by Alastair Panton (

................................................................................. Address................................................................... ................................................................................. ....................................................Su Doku No. 239

Solution to Su Doku No: 238


Swimming With Men

Certificate 12A

Out now

Brydon and co pool their resources


OB BRYDON stars in Swimming With Men with Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), Thomas Turgoose (This Is England), Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager), Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty) and Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous), directed by Oliver Parker (Dad's Army). Brydon plays accountant Eric, who, faced with a full-blown midlife crisis joins an all-male group

of synchronised swimmers. He discovers that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan (Charlotte Riley, Peaky Blinders) slowly learn to reveal their inner lives – as well as their paunches. But, can they get their lives and routines in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the world championships? Actor, comedian and presenter Brydon said: “We’d meet every day at the Olympic Diving Pool in Stratford [east London]. We’d sit in the café first, then get changed and go off to the pool. “It was exciting, daunting, hard work. Very physical, three or four hours a day. That’s a lot of exercise. You’re using a lot of muscles in the pool. I ended up with the best sleep I’ve had in my life.” Carter said: “It’s basically just organised drowning,” talking about being taught such moves as the ‘Wilting Flower’ and ‘The Loop’, both of which required dexterity,

athleticism and considerable lung capacity. “It’s drowning elegantly. Holding your breath a lot. We don’t paint on the smiles, but it does involve silly hats and nose clips. They had a special industrial-sized nose clip for me.” Graves added: “We were unfit, un-swimmy actors – doofy males making pretty patterns, like snowflakes. It was great. And it needed a lot of trust, having someone else’s legs wrapped around your neck, dragging you underwater.” Turgoose confessed to having ‘cut down drinking and quit smoking’ and revealed that Swimming With Men had awakened a desire to ‘exercise and get fitter.’ On top of learning to perform to a level where the actors could convincingly compete in the amateur world championships in Milan, the two weeks of swim camp was the perfect bonding experience for the cast. Brydon said: “We got on. You can’t help but get to know each other. Rather like the characters in the film. “One of the things I like in the

MAKING A SPLASH: From left, top: Thomas Turgoose, Jim Carter, Daniel Mays, front, Adeel Akhtar, Rob Brydon and Rupert Graves. Far left: Jane Horrocks plays Eric's wife Heather

film is the vulnerability of these men. You see these guys in their trunks, quite exposed, having to physically touch each other, to make contact. There’s something quite moving about that.” Turgoose said: “I loved telling people I was doing a film about

synchronised swimming because it’s not been done before. It’s a lovely film.” Carter added: “It’s very funny, very bizarre,” before trying to quash the rumour that he fell asleep on an inflatable crocodile during a night shoot.

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Feature RIAT 2018

The top 10 for aviation buffs Air displays

Royal Jordanian Falcons

Great War Display Team

Frecce Tricolori

Patrulla Aguila

PC-7 Display Team

l Few foreign nations have as strong a historic link with the Air Tattoo than the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1982, following the death of Gp Capt Sir Douglas Bader – the legless World War II ace – the role of Air Tattoo Patron passed to King Hussein of Jordan, whose affection for the RAF derived from its support of his kingdom in 1921. He also helped set up the International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for the Disabled (now Flying Scholarships for Disabled People). Despite King Hussein’s death in 1999, his widow Queen Noor continued offering her loyal support, as did his son HRH Prince Feisal, who – as current patron – maintains the Air Tattoo’s much-valued link with the Jordanian Royal Family.

l The team currently operates nine aircraft comprised of five different types. The Avro 504 is a replica built under licence in Argentina. The Sopwith Triplane is a 1997-built replica of the 1916 model. The team also operate two DR1s, both built in the past 12 years. The Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c was Britain’s first military aeroplane and was the backbone of the Royal Flying Corps at the outbreak of hostilities. The team’s aircraft is a replica from 1969. The team owns three replicas of the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a, all painted in historically-accurate markings. The final aircraft type operated by the team is modelled on the Junkers CL1, a German ground attack aircraft from 1917. A number of these aircraft will be flying.

l Proclaimed the world’s largest military aerobatic team, the Frecce Tricolori can boast a display of 10 MB339 PAN (now designated AT-339A) jet trainers. The team was established in 1961 on the Canadair Sabre, and transitioned to the Fiat G91 three years later. It was with the G91 that the Frecce first attended the Air Tattoo, then staged at Greenham Common, in 1976. Conversion to the agile MB339 took place prior to the 1982 season. The Frecce are renowned for the spectacle of their displays, during which the soloist in particular shows something of the MB339’s exceptional manoeuvrability. It has been announced that the team will soon convert onto another new aircraft, the M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer).

l Spain’s national aerobatic team was formed by the Spanish Air Force Academy at San Javier near Murcia in 1985, giving its first performance with five aircraft on June 4 that year. Then, as now, the team was equipped with the Spanishbuilt CASA C-101 Aviojet, a single-engined jet trainer first flown in 1977, of which Spain is the biggest operator. Soon the Aguila expanded to a six-ship, making a first British appearance at the International Air Tattoo 87. Appearances at the Air Tattoo have been regular ever since, the most recent in 2015. Today the Aguila is a sevenship formation, its ‘signature’ manoeuvre being, when weather conditions permit, a spectacular formation landing involving all seven aircraft.

l The PC-7 Team is one of the Swiss Air Force’s two aerobatic teams, the other being the Patrouille Suisse with its F-5E Tiger IIs. It flies the Swiss-built Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer, a singleturboprop basic trainer used by the Air Force for pilot selection and training. The version operated is designated as the NCPC-7, having undergone a major cockpit upgrade in 200809. A nine-ship formation is mounted, all the pilots practice for and perform the team’s displays in their spare time – in their ‘day jobs’ they are frontline F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilots from the Swiss Air Force’s three squadrons operating the type. The PC-7 Team is renowned for its exceptionally smooth, elegant and precise performances.

RAF RC-135W Rivet Joint

Antonov An-2

French Navy Rafale M


l RC-135W Rivet Joint is a dedicated electronic surveillance aircraft that can be employed in all theatres on strategic and tactical missions. Its sensors ‘soak up’ electronic emissions from communications, radar and other systems. In June 2011, 51 Sqn flew the final BAe Nimrod R.Mk 1 sortie of its 37-year association with the type. On November 12, 2013, No. 51 Sqn took delivery of the UK’s first Rivet Joint, operating its maiden operational sortie on May 23, 2014. The second aircraft arrived in August 2015 and the third on June 8, 2017. For the purposes of sensor and system upgrades, the trio are considered an extension of the USAF Rivet Joint fleet, ensuring they remain at the cutting edge of capability.

l Estonian Air Force An-2, Nato reporting name ‘Colt’. Renowned as the largest single-engined biplane in the world. More than 18,000 examples have been built, and even though the first prototype took to the air in August 1947 this rugged utility biplane, capable of fulfilling a wide range of roles, remains very useful to operators in many countries. Capable of extremely slow flight, and even of flying backwards in a suitable headwind, the An-2 has no quoted stalling speed, and will instead sink gently towards the ground at a rate of descent similar to a parachute. The Estonian Air Force has two, both used for various transport tasks with the Fixed-Wing Squadron at Ämari.

l The prototype Rafale first took to the air as long ago as 1986, but this is an aircraft at the cutting edge of modern fighter technology. The French Air Force flies both the single-seat Rafale C and two-seat Rafale B variants, while the French Navy operates the carrierborne Rafale M. Both air arms have taken this very agile multi-role machine – capable of air-to-air, air-to-ground (including nuclear strike) and reconnaissance missions – on operations around the world. The French Navy will display two examples of the aircraft in a tactical demonstration at RIAT 2018.

l USAF Global Strike Command Boeing B-52H is one of the United States Air Force’s most iconic bombers. The ‘Stratofortress’ is an aircraft that has become synonymous with RAF Fairford, having been based there during the first Gulf War in 1991, the Kosovo conflict in 1999 and the ‘second’ Gulf War in 2003. The aircraft, which will be on static display, will come from 5 Bomber Wing, Air Force Global Strike Command based at Minot Air Force Base.

Static displays

Italian Air Force C-27J l Not surprisingly, given the fact it’s a product of Italian firm Leonardo, the Italian Air Force was the first country to begin operating the twin-turboprop C-27J medium transport, doing so in 2006. It has since largely superseded the Aeritalia C-222 (previously G222) on which the Spartan was based, and taken part in multi-national operations, not least in Afghanistan. Visitors to RIAT 2018 can expect to witness a spectacular aerobatic display from the Italian C-27J operated by the Reparto Sperimentale Volo flight test centre, featuring many manoeuvres not usually seen performed by an airlift aircraft; as well as seeing one up close on the ground.

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RAF Museum

Lotto jackpot funds museum makeover Three new exhibitions to be seen


HE RAF Museum in London has reopened after a £26 million makeover to celebrate the Service’s centenary. Among the new exhibits are the Sea King helicopter flown by Prince William (right) when he was stationed at RAF Valley, and an F-35 Lightning II Stealth fighter. There are also three new exhibitions – RAF Stories: The First 100 Years, RAF: First to the Future and The RAF in an Age of Uncertainty. More than 500 previously unseen artefacts and displays are featured and there is the chance to handle original objects and try on uniforms. Visitors can also digitally design their own aircraft and put it through its paces in a virtual test flight. The north London museum’s ambitious redevelopment has been funded by the National Lottery and also includes a new learning centre, new landscaping, a new visitor café and shop and a new restaurant housed in a 1930s RAF building at the heart of the site.

MUSEUM CEO: Maggie Appleton PHOTOS: Above and below right, Cpl Nick Egan

Cutting-edge Maggie Appleton, the Museum’s CEO, said: “Our new exhibitions not only explore the Royal Air Force’s extraordinary history and people, but also give visitors the opportunity to look ahead into the cutting-edge future of the Service. “The Museum’s transformation is a celebration of the RAF’s breadth and diversity.” Money for the redevelopment came from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Its chairman, Sir Peter Luff, said: “As a pioneer and leader of international aviation, and in its centenary year, the Royal Air Force deserves a world-class museum. “Now, thanks to National Lottery players, visitors can explore the powerful, inspiring and often surprising stories of the world’s oldest independent air force in a dynamic new setting.” The museum has retained its hangars telling the story of the First World War in the air, 1914-18, and war in the air from 1918-80. Life-size cut-outs of RAF personnel featured among the new displays include those of Lord Trenchard, the ‘Father of the Royal Air Force’, TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) who joined the Air Force as an aircraftman in 1922, Polish fighter pilot Sqn Ldr Franciszek Kornicki, who joined the RAF in

EARLY DAYS: Biplane and (below) Spitfire

EXHIBIT: The Sea King (top) flown by Prince William (above) during his time in RAF

1951, and the current Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier. There is even a cut-out of donkey Sgt ‘Sparky’ McDougall, who joined in 1980 and was the ceremonial mascot of No1 Radio School at RAF Locking. And there are sections on the WWII heroines Noor Inayat Khan, GC, of the Special Operations Executive and Cpl Joan Pearson

GC, the first woman during World War II to receive the Empire Gallantry Medal, plus a panel about Royal Australian Air Force Flt Lt Paul Brickhill who wrote three bestsellers, The Great Escape, The Dam Busters and Reach For The Sky. His books and the feature films they inspired are said to have defined the wartime RAF in the public mind.

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RAF100 event in Texas RAF Regt Keep your A CASTLE in Texas was the unlikely venue for a special RAF100 celebration held by members of the Rivet Joint Cooperative Project Office and 645th Aeronautical Systems Squadron. The event was attended by 150 military and civilian guests from various countries, including Australian and Norwegian officers from the F-35 program at Fort Worth. Among the guests was RAF veteran Flt Lt Robert Reynolds, now 97. He volunteered for air crew duties aged 18 in June, 1939; six weeks later Britain was at war with Germany. After his first solo in a Tiger Moth he found himself in the hold of a cargo ship headed for Canada and the newly-formed Empire Aircrew Training Scheme. He was selected to be a flying instructor. He flew Lancasters with 101 Sqn, which became a part of Tigerforce

served in hats on N.Ireland I WAS interested to see an article in RAF News (June 29, 2018) about the assessed levels of support for UK Forces in Northern Ireland, if not so pleased by the fact that the scars are still so present. Royal Air Force News Friday, June 29, 2018 P15


CELEBRATION: (l-r) MAcr Mark ‘Flo’ Nightingale, Sqn Ldr Craig O’Donnell, Chf Tech Steven ‘Mags’ Margrett, Sqn Ldr Tom Barnes, FS Paul Szulc, Flt Lt (Ret’d) Bob Reynolds, MAcr Pete Holt, FS Gemma Foulds, Sgt Jamie Garlick and MAcr John ‘Angry’ Anderson

– joining the Americans in the Japan bombing campaign. He said: “Earning my RAF pilot’s wings and attending this centenary event have given me my proudest moments.” The castle, at Rockwall, Texas, was purpose-built in 2004 – the state has a close connection to

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the RAF. Before the USA entered WWII, several British Flying Training Schools were formed and Terrell, Texas was the first. Between 1941 and 45 more than 2,200 RAF and US Army Air Corps earned their wings at Number 1 BFTS. Twenty airmen are buried in Terrell, and an annual remembrance service is held for those who lost their lives during their training course so far from home. It is hard to believe those airmen endured such a journey across the Atlantic by ship to Canada then by train to their training schools, arriving in Texas in their ‘woollen’ uniforms in the middle of summer. MAcr John Anderson, 645th AESS

Province still split on support for UK forces Simon Mander SUPPORT FOR the UK military in Northern Ireland has risen since the end of the Troubles, but the Province still bares the scars of the sectarian divide, according to a new survey. More than 30 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and the end of the armed struggle, ex-Service personnel still express concerns for their personal safety. The report, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, found 42 per cent of Ulster people had a high or very high opinion of the British military today with 12 per cent having a low or very low opinion. And while the figure is higher than the 33 per cent approval rating given when asked about how the Forces acted during the Troubles, opinion on both sides of the religious divide varies dramatically with 71 per cent of Protestants giving a high or very high opinion against only 13 per cent of Catholics. According to the British Legion around 56,700 veterans live in Northern Ireland making up three per cent of the population. But the survey highlights widespread misconceptions about those who serve including the belief that they are at higher risk of poor mental health because of their service. Forces in Mind Trust Chief Executive Ray Lock said: “It’s great to see the opinion of the people of Northern Ireland being heard in relation to the UK Armed Forces. Although we see improvements in

Odiham chopper crews box clever RESIDENTS IN the Hampshire village of Odiham took on their local RAF station at their annual box car race. Chinook crews from 18 Sqn paid a cheeky tribute to the early days of the Air Force hitting the track in a replica Sopwith Camel, outgunning rivals 27 Sqn in their elephant racer. First across the finish line were were the BAE team A Bunch of Tools, pictured below, who beat RAF rivals from 18 Sqn by just half a second.

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THE GREAT DIVIDE: British troops on duty on the Falls Road in Belfast in 1969 PHOTO: PA


Parade tribute THOUSANDS LINED the streets of Uxbridge to watch RAF Northolt personnel and the Central Band of the RAF taking part in a Freedom of Hillingdon Parade to mark the RAF’s centenary. Hillingdon’s mayor, Cllr John Morgan, said: “We are proud of our long association with the RAF and its personnel, and their families are an integral part of our community.”

how people perceive the Armed Forces, there is significant work still to be done in relation to views on the mental health and alcohol misuse of ex-Service personnel, and on understanding and awareness of what the Armed Forces Covenant is.” The report recommends more integration to build relationships between veterans and the community. It also calls for a campaign WHACKY RACERS: 18 Sqn and 27 Sqn teams battle it out on the track PHOTO: SAC PIPPA FOWLES

to promote positive images of veterans’ mental health and address misperceptions of alcohol misuse. Other measures should also incude a campaign to improve understanding of the Armed Forces Covenant and its implementation in Northern Ireland. Principal investigator, Professor Cherie Armour of Ulster University, said: “For the very first time we have been able to explore public attitudes

in Northern Ireland towards the UK Armed Forces, veterans’ wellbeing, and service provision. “Key to our results are that most of the public reported they respect the Armed Forces and that many have a high to very high opinion of the UK Armed Forces. Many also reported that they would be supportive of a specialist mental health service for veterans living in the region.”

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Vet Fred joins the 100th celebrations FORMER HALIFAX gunner Sgt Fred Hooker joined the RAF Baton relay at a reunion of WWII aircrew recently. The Air Force vet spoke of his pride at celebrating the Service’s 100th anniversary during the recent Project Propeller event in in the West Midlands. He said: “I’m very proud to be able to hold this, very proud indeed.” The RAF100 Baton Relay, which has so far visited every region of the UK and military bases across the world, ends its journey on July 10 on Horseguards Parade, London.

I was even less pleased that a picture of Army troops was used for the article, when RAF News might have used any number of pictures of the RAF Regiment in Londonderry, Belfast, South Armagh or the 100 km2 around Belfast International Airport, during the years from 1969 until well after the Good Friday Agreement. Jerry Riley Via email

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Pathfinder who joined the V-Force


LIGHT LIEUTENANT Donald Briggs, who has died aged 93, joined the RAF as an aircraft apprentice a few days before the beginning of World War II, qualifying as an engine fitter before serving on RAF flying units in the UK. He volunteered in December 1943 for the new aircrew trade of flight engineer. After a brief period of training he joined 156 Sqn equipped with the Lancaster bomber. The unit was part of Bomber Command’s Pathfinder Force. His first sortie was on June 11, 1944 when Bomber Command was attacking targets in support of the Allied landings in Normandy. Railway marshalling yards, supply dumps and construction sites for the V-1 flying bombs and storage sites for the V-2 rocket were their primary targets. By late August, Bomber Command resumed its campaign against the industrial cities in Germany and Briggs attacked Russelheim, Kiel, Stettin and cities in the Ruhr. His crew marked targets with flares to allow the main force to mount accurate attacks. As the Allied armies advanced into the Netherlands and Germany, enemy oil installations, road and rail centres and strongholds were attacked. On February 13, 1945 his aircraft was part of the large force that

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION: Donald Briggs in the BBMF Lancaster

attacked Dresden and a month later the east German city of Chemnitz was bombed. On April 4, Briggs flew his final operation when his crew bombed the oil refinery at Lutzkendorf. He was awarded the DFC for his long tour with the Pathfinder Force. After the war, he flew long-range transport sorties in York aircraft before

spending three years at the Empire Test Pilot’s School at Farnborough. In July 1951 he started training as a pilot and, after converting to jets, he joined the newly formed 10 Sqn to fly the Canberra bomber. In August 1955 he trained on the first of the RAF’s V-bombers, the Valiant. He joined 138 Sqn and a year

later transferred to 49 Sqn, which was being formed for the task of conducting the nuclear weapons trials in the Pacific. Operation Grapple was mounted in 1957 to test Britain’s first thermonuclear megaton weapon, the Hydrogen Bomb. The site chosen for the test was Malden Island 400 miles south of Christmas Island in the South Pacific. Briggs was the second pilot in the crew of Squadron Leader Arthur Steele. They flew their Valiant bomber to the newly constructed airfield on March 18, 1957 and began a period of intensive training. On May 15, 49 Sqn Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr Ken Hubbard, dropped the first weapon successfully. For the second drop on May 31, Steele, Briggs and their crew flew the reserve aircraft and for the third and final test, they were tasked for the sortie. On June 19, they took off and climbed to 45,000 feet, and carried out a practice run over the target before clearance to drop the bomb was given. Fifty seconds after release, the bomb exploded at the pre-determined height of 8,000 feet. Steele and Briggs had erected the anti-flash screens in the cockpit of their aircraft before making a precisely executed turn away from the explosion and before the shock wave was felt in the aircraft. The drop was completely successful. A few days after their flight, the

squadron returned to Wittering. By the end of the year, Briggs had completed a Valiant captain’s course and he transferred to 138 Sqn where he spent the next three years. This was followed by almost three years as a pilot instructor on Valiants and it was during this period he also converted to the Victor bomber. In 1964 he trained as a flying instructor and spent three years instructing trainee pilots at an RAF flying school near Newark. In January 1967 he converted to the third of the RAF’s V-bombers, the Vulcan, and was to spend the next five years as an instructor on the iconic delta-wing aircraft before joining No. 9 Sqn shortly before it moved to its new base in Cyprus. After 34 years service, he retired at the end of 1973. There were 88 Vulcan 2s produced and Briggs flew 57 of them during his seven years with the force. He spent 15 years at the Oxford Air Training School training pupils to become commercial airline pilots. He retired aged 65 when he joined the RAF Microlight Association at Halton where his RAF career had begun and where he became the chief flying instructor. Finally, at the age of 84 he decided to finish his flying career having flown 71 different types of aircraft. He was awarded the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Certificate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to aviation.

Experimental test pilot and Harrier pioneer


OHN FARLEY served in the RAF as a fighter pilot before becoming one of the country’s foremost experimental test pilots. He will always be remembered for his key role in the development of the Harrier vertical and short take off and landing (V/STOL) ground-attack aircraft. Born in 1933, he joined the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough as an apprentice, which also gave him the opportunity to fly as a flight test observer. His ambition was to be a pilot and he joined the RAF in 1955. After completing his training, he flew the Hawker Hunter with 4 Squadron based in Germany before becoming a flying instructor at the RAF College Cranwell. Always determined to be a test pilot, he was selected to attend the Empire Test Pilots’ School, graduating in 1963 with a distinguished pass. He joined the Aero Flight at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Bedford where he flew a wide variety of experimental aircraft, including helicopters. In November 1964 he had his first flight in the P.1127, the forerunner to the Harrier, before becoming the project pilot for the type starting an association with the aicraft that would last until 1999.


His test flying activities and his contribution to the development of vertical take off and landing techniques resulted in the award of the AFC.

He left the RAF in 1967 and joined Hawker Siddeley at Dunsfold, as one of the pilots flighttesting the Harrier in preparation

for its entry into RAF service. He was appointed the company’s deputy chief test pilot in 1971 and chief test pilot in 1978. On August 20, 1978 he flew the prototype Sea Harrier on its first flight and 10 days later he made the first take off with the aid of a ‘ski jump’, similar to those to be fitted to the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers. A month later, he demonstrated the technique to the public at the Farnborough Air Show. Throughout his 19 years at Hawkers (later part of British Aerospace) Farley concentrated on the development of the Harrier and demonstrated the aircraft’s capabilities to international and national audiences. He visited the United States in 1967 and converted the initial group of Marine Corps pilots to the aircraft without the availability of a dual-control version or simulator. This resulted in the first export order for the aircraft. He also demonstrated the Harrier to other potential overseas customers including the Spanish and Indian Navies. Both later purchased the aircraft. Obliged to retire from test flying with British Aerospace on his fiftieth birthday in 1983, he became manager of Dunsfold Aerodrome where he was able to assist smaller companies involved

in the development of aviation. He left British Aerospace in 1990 to be a freelance test pilot when he became the first western pilot invited by the Russians to fly the Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter. Farley retired from test flying in 1999 having flown over 80 types of aircraft. For his services to aviation and aeronautical engineering, he received a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air (1970) and was appointed OBE (1980). In addition, numerous professional bodies awarded him their most prestigious medals and awards. These included the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Air League and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. One eminent aviation journalist wrote: “It is, perhaps, quite invidious to compare one test pilot with another, but there can be no possible doubt that John Farley, with his engineering background and analytical, enquiring mind, is one of the finest in the world.” Farley was a regular contributor to aviation journals and magazines. His autobiography A View from the Hover – My Life in Aviation was published in 2008 and is widely regarded as an aviation classic. John Farley died on June 13 at the age of 85.

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Operation Biloxi

TYPHOONS FROM Scotland are the latest RAF fast jets patrolling Nato’s borders in the Black Sea region against foreign aggressors. Fighters from Lossiemouth-based 1 (Fighter)Sqn are operating from Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase near Constanta in southeast Romania.

They are supported by 150 personnel of 135 Expeditionary Air Wing drawn from RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire. The mission builds on the success of previous deployments and sees the RAF’s swing role fighter flying in partnership with Romanian MiG-21 Lancer aircraft.

WO Anthony Bennett, Flight Safety Officer (FSO)

WO Russ Sanders, DOBWO

This has been a fantastic opportunity to deploy in the role of the DOBWO, especially as this is outside of my trade and working in an EAW HQ. Collectively we have faced some interesting challenges but we have overcome these to provide a successful output of e-AP and DE. We have been fortunate enough to exploit the DE aspect of our mission and have proudly represented the RAF at many parades and events in Romania

Op Biloxi continues to provide me with a challenging but rewarding experience. I manage the HQ on behalf of CO 135 EAW. In addition, I provide engineering oversight and administer a multi-million pound budget. We have turned a fire engine garage into a fully-functioning EAW HQ, launched QRA on live missions, paraded on Romanian television and hosted Ambassadors

Biloxi has been a great opportunity to work with the regular Servicemen and women, a very different experience to my normal job as a lorry driver. Op Biloxi has opened my eyes to the hard work, planning and preparation that goes into setting up an operation from scratch

SAC Anthony Aiken, Aircraft Engineer

Flt Lt Jude Dunn (Reserve), Physiotherapist

I have found Romania and local people incredibly friendly and welcoming towards us here in MK and the American forces very accommodating. Working in these temperatures is never easy, but with your friends and colleagues around you it’s certainly fun

I am proud to be the first RAF Reserve MSO (Physio) to be deployed on Operations supporting not just the pilots but also the airmen and women who enable our pilots to fulfil their flying commitments. Working within the US Medical Centre has provided opportunities for integrated training and sharing of ideas and skills

Sqn Ldr Dave Gundry, Chief of Staff Support

I’ve enjoyed working in Romania, especially with my American counterparts. It’s my first time in the country and I’ve loved getting out and about and exploring the local area

SAC James Kennedy (Reserve), MT Driver

I have served many years and been deployed to numerous locations, with my final deployment ending here in Romania – proving we can operate very effectively with our European counterparts to project air power

Sgt Andrew Chester, Environmental Health Technician

Typhoons stand ready to scramble 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, against aircraft threatening to enter Alliance airspace – a role carried out in the UK by the Air Force’s Quick Reaction Alert units. RAF News spoke to some of the airmen and women supporting the mssion in Romania

SAC Leigh Warren (Reserve), MT Driver

I am from 504 Reserve Squadron RAF Wittering. My role on Biloxi is to provide aircraft refuelling, sweeper and Trauma Management Vehicle cover for the medical wing when needed. As a civilian, I am a long distance lorry driver, I’ve relished the chance to work alongside Regulars. It has been a great experience for me and the learning never stops. This is my first overseas deployment and I have loved every minute

SAC Jemma Douch (Reserve), Logistics Supplier

The best part of Op Biloxi is having the opportunity to work real-time alongside the regulars, camaraderie, being part of something greater than yourself and making a positive difference

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Choc Gun WWI pilot and chocolate tycoon Egbert Cadbury helped halt the German Zeppelin terror raids over the UK – saving thousands of civilian lives THE BOURNEVILLE SUPREMACY: Maj Egbert Cadbury. Below, The RAF’s Airco DH4 biplane. PHOTOS: AIR HISTORICAL BRANCH

Staff Reporter MAJOR EGBERT ‘Bertie’ Cadbury, the heir to the UK chocolate makers, scored a littleknown RAF victory off the coast of Norfolk on August 5 1918 which changed the course of history. It saved civilian lives, helped end Zeppelin bombing raids that had already claimed almost 2,000 casualties in English cities – and is likely to have rescued New York from the ravages of war. The action – just 126 days after the creation of the RAF as the world’s first independent air force – downed the pride of Germany’s Zeppelin fleet, the L70, and killed, among the 21-member crew, Fregattencapitan Peter Strasser, the Fuhrer der Luftschiffe (commander of all naval airships). It was carrying 8,000 pounds of bombs. Four remaining Zeppelins abandoned the mission, dumped their bombs and headed for their base at Friedrichshafen. Zeppelins never returned to the skies above England. The action also disrupted German plans for the L70 and two other airships in the group, the L53 and L65 , to cross the Atlantic and bomb New York.

The war ended just three months later. Piloting a two-man No 4 Group Airco DH4 from the RAF airfield at South Denes, Great Yarmouth, was Major Egbert ‘Bertie’ Cadbury, heir to the Birmingham-based confectionery empire, with Captain Robert Leckie in the rear gunner’s seat. Cadbury had taken his aircraft to over 16,000 feet by jettisoning his reserve fuel and some small bombs. He later recalled: “At 22.20 we had climbed to 16,400 feet and I attacked the Zeppelin ahead slightly to the port so as to be clear of any obstructions that might be suspended from the airship. “It was a most fascinating sight – awe inspiring – to see this enormous Zeppelin blotting the whole sky above one. “The tracers ignited the escaping gas, the flames spreading rapidly and turning the airship into a fireball in less than a minute. “The L70 dived headlong into the clouds. It was one of the most terrifying sights I have ever seen – this huge machine hurtling down with all those crew on board.” Next day he wrote to his father: “Another Zeppelin has gone

to destruction, sent there by a perfectly peaceful live-and-let-live citizen, who has no lust for blood or fearful war spirit in his veins.” Cadbury, Leckie and another pilot, Lieutenant Ralph Keys, attacked and damaged a second Zeppelin. Cadbury was recommended for a Victoria Cross for attacking two airships 40 miles out to sea in a landplane in freezing conditions. All three men received a DFC. Prior to going into action that

evening Cadbury, a squadron commander, was attending a bank holiday charity concert in which his wife was singing. On receiving news of the sighting from an RAF orderly Cadbury, in his own words “roared down to the station in my ever-ready Ford, seized a scarf, goggles and helmet, tore off my streamline coat and, semiclothed, with a disreputable jacket under my arm, sprinting as hard as ever nature would let me, took a running jump into the pilot’s seat.”

Cadbury, who transferred from the RNAS to the RAF on its formation, already had a DSO to his credit for his part in destroying the L21 in November 1916. Earlier that year the L21 was involved in a night-time bombing of the Black Country in mistake for Liverpool. Thirty-five men, women and children were killed, including three generations of one family and the lady mayoress of Walsall who was a passenger on a No 14 tram. Post-war Cadbury was made an honorary Air Commodore and awarded a knighthood. His family were Quakers and, essentially, pacifists. The L70 was the most advanced of the Zeppelins in service during World War I. It was 693ft in length, had a maximum speed of 81mph, maximum altitude of 23,000 feet and was capable of flying bombing missions against New York. Skeletal remains of the L70 were found in 48ft of water on August 7. Several bodies were recovered, including that of Peter Strasser. These, together with bodies that were washed ashore, were given a burial at sea some days later.

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RING A DING Haringey Cup tussles end with tough outcome

HANDY WORK: Above and below, Hill and Wilson have their eyes on the prize, but a battling defeat and harsh points decision saw them come back empty-handed

STAFF Reporter London LONDON WAS the destination for the final instalment in the most successful year for the

last two decades in RAF boxing history. Alexandra Palace was the venue for the prestigious Haringey Cup, the largest amateur boxing competition in Europe.

Boasting five rings, over 500 boxers and competing over three days, it featured some of the best amateur boxers across the globe, was the perfect venue for SAC Madison Wilson of RAF Odiham

and Cpl Salim Hill from the AFCO London to shine. Wilson, competing in the 51kg Class C female category was drawn against a tricky opponent in Kate Goss of Westside ABC, London. Having undergone an extensive training regime and competitive sparring, Wilson went into the contest brimming with confidence. Despite a cautious start, her pressure and superior skills were evident, taking control of the contest in the second and third rounds, which was rewarded with a points victory and a place in the semifinals.    The semi-final draw pitched her against the more experienced Laura Leonard from Double Jab club, who had stopped her previous opponent a day earlier. Although W i l s o n


seemed to have victory in her grasp going into the final round, a contentious point deduction from the referee resulted in Leonard taking the victory. Wilson said: “Representing the RAF in such a prestigious event... Cont P31:

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Bad ladies lead IS title charge Top spots with men securing second THE LADIES and mixed IS title wins and a close-fought second for the men’s team was the wellearned reward for some excellent displays at the Burnett Gym, Halton, in badminton. The action started with a fantastic opening session from the RAF, but it was clear from early on that this was going to be a difficult battle, with the Royal Navy fielding strong singles and the Army boasting good strength across the board. A bright start by the RAF men was reined in by the Army and by the end of the first day it was obvious that victory would be dependent upon a handful of games. The ladies, ably led by Cpl Paula Dale (Capt), however began in style and were storming toward victory

by the end of the first day. They continued their dominance on day two, despite the cumulative fatigue of some hard badminton. They had the win all wrapped up mid-afternoon of the second day, but the men had difficulty in both the singles and in a couple of long and close-fought games in the doubles, seeing them settle for second overall. With just the mixed doubles to settle as day three commenced, with the RAF requiring two out of five matches from the Army to take overall Inter-Services victory, and three to take the mixed doubles event. A nervy start gave way to jubilation as they clinched victory from the jaws of defeat, just pipping the Army to the Overall InterServices title.

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Class B category, was drawn straight into a semi-final contest against the unbeaten Darren Hendry of Guildford ABC. The contest commenced with both boxers trying to figure one another out, with the Guildford boxer taking the first round purely on pressure.  The second and third rounds

saw Hill utilise his superior height advantage, catching his opponent with apparent ease, however in a decision that seemed to go against the views of most onlookers, Hendry, who went on to win the gold medal, was made the winner with a split decision. Follow RAF Boxing on Twitter @ RAFBoxing.

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UKAF see cup runneth away Poor start and finish seal Forces fate Staff Reporter Rochdale SPEAKING AFTER a tough match to take President’s Cup 40-22 defeat against England Universities in Rochdale, SAC(T) Adam Flintham said: “We got off to a poor start which saw us 18-0 down, which isn’t acceptable at our standard. “However, when we got it together and righted a few wrongs, we looked dominant in attack. “We let the game run away with our penalty count and errors. It wasn’t down to lack of effort because we were all grafting, just exhaustion.” UKAF had fought back from that initial setback after 15 minutes to tie the game early in the second half, mistakes allowed the Universities to build pressure which resulted in a series of tries to take the game away from the Forces men.

Icarus burned out RAF FOOTBALL team Icarus took on a side from the Welsh Assembly in a chastening affair in Cardiff, losing 4-1. In blisteringly hot conditions at Cardiff University’s sports ground the Service officers team went behind early through a free kick from just outside the penalty area. The goal was shortly followed by two more, putting the Assembly side 3-0 up within the first 20 minutes. Having regrouped the Service side came out much stronger after the restart and their efforts were rewarded when a foul inside

After the three early tries from the opposition, Pte Micky Hoyle (6 Regt RLC) crossed the line with a well-worked try down the right, Cfn Jamie Laing (1 Royal Welsh) adding the extras with a clinical conversion from out wide. This spurred on UKAF men to stage a comeback, ET Josh Coupland (HMS Bulwark) splitting the defence to go in under the sticks with nine minutes left in the first half, Cfn Laing adding a simple conversion. Coming out for the second half 18-12 down, the Forces men kept the pressure on with Flintham, chasing down his own kick. Another success for Laing levelled the match. A simple mistake from the restart allowed the opposition to capitalise and go in out on the flank and take the score to 24-18. A brutal arm wrestle ensued for the rest of the game. Adding to the UKAF tally with a clinical try, LH Luke Cooper (RNAS the box resulted in a penalty being awarded. Sqn Ldr Shane Rutherford, pictured right, stepped up and duly slotted past keeper Richard Harvey. Icarus continued to push forward, but despite creating several chances, they conceded a fourth. The game marked the end of Sqn Ldr Paul Merritt’s time as team captain. He said: “It has been rewarding to play against so many civilian teams over the years, who would otherwise have little or no contact with the military. I think they come away with a better understanding of what we do. I’ll be sad to leave, but I’ve been proud to captain the team for the last five years.”

Yeovilton) ran in unhindered. Going into the final quarter and with the England Universities leading 24-22, the Forces men allowed unanswered points to take the game to 40-22.   Having only played two of the three fixtures planned within the Cup, the UKAF side would have to beat the students by 24 points on the day, which wasn’t to be. The Cup was presented to them by the President of the RFL – Air Cdre Dean Andrew.  Team spokesman Sgt Stuart Norrie-Bland said: “This ends the team’s playing season, but with work in the background still ongoing, the Executive Committee have started planning for the next Armed Forces World Cup which takes place in the UK in 2021.” Follow UKAFRL on Facebook and on Twitter @ UKArmedForceRL.

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE: Above and below, action from a tough UKAF encounter, Flintham kicks forward while SAC Ben Mellor, replete with tash, gets stuck in PHOTOS: SBS

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Summer’s hit fayre Lord’s IS day proves another roaring success

Daniel Abrahams Lord’s GLORIOUS WEATHER, glorious cricket and a glorious outcome was the sporting fayre on offer at the Home of Cricket as the RAF won the IST20 cricket title in style. New captain Flt Lt Adam Fisher guided his team to back-to-back wins over the Royal Navy and then over the Army to break the latter’s

stranglehold on the event, ending six years of dominance. Fisher said: “I think on the balance of play we deserved it. The lads played to the game plan, especially in that second game and I am really happy about it. “We have seen the rugby lads win their IS title and others doing the same and it inspired us. “Why not us, we know we can play, some things worked perfectly, better than I could have imagined,

HAVING A BALL: Above clockwise from left, a day of great action at Lord’s

to win this in the 100th year makes it even sweeter.” Having witnessed an opening Army win over the Navy, a healthy crowd saw the RAF halt the RN in 93 balls, bowling them out for 103 as they chased 145, with the second match seeing them open again, posting 147, seeing the Army charge halted on 106-6. The team will compete in the 50 overs IS this coming August 28-30. Follow RAF cricket on Twitter @rafcricket.




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Getting hooked on a new sporting test

From the land to sea – RAF man goes for a reel challenge

WE ARE THE RODS: Above main, Abrahams with Rennie during the shore fishing, right top,a dogfish is shown off, right below, FS Nigel Gurney unhooks a dogfish to return to the water, below, keeping his food down Abrahams tackles boat fishing off the coast of Holyhead, Wales PHOTOS: CPL NICK EGAN

Daniel Abrahams Holyhead HAVING NEVER picked up a fishing rod in my life and not having the best sea legs, the thought of two days of waterbased sport seemed ominous to say the least. Holyhead, Wales was the venue for the RAF competitive sea angling Association’s Festival of Sea Angling event, which will see me pair up with Sgt Scott Rennie for a six-hour shore fishing day and eight-hour (two three hour periods) of charter boat fishing. On the journey up to RAF Valley, the assocation’s home for sport, I am given chapter and verse by my partner. WO Daz Rose said: “The sport keeps you agile and mentally alert, there is a huge amount of teamwork required as well. “We have anglers from across the Service of all ranks with around 80 per cent of our team coming from this novice level, we have five anglers at international level and at IS level we are around 12 years unbeaten.” Rose’s comments go against the views of some who feel that sea fishing is a pastime or simply an excuse to get away from it all.

The latter, I was about to discover for myself, with two long days in harsh and testing conditions, and with no little physical exertion required. A morning of training tips, along with a new language of terms being bandied around, makes the environment pleasurable but challenging, not to mention the scoring and confirmation requirements. All fishing is ‘catch and release’, so within seconds of catching my first ever fish, a dogfish, it is quickly despatched. Fairly early on the news filters through of a massive single fish catch, which to all intents and purposes ends the event for the day. News aside we battle on until dark and, despite having the historically good slot: that of Zone 1 Peg 2, I know Scott will not be winning the novice event this year. Day two is a very early start, and in good weather we start timed and under the watchful eye of? who confirms every catch, we are off. Boat fishing is unlike anything I have ever experienced, you have all the competitors cheek by jowl, along with all the equipment needed, it is sort of like playing golf in a Portakabin, that rocks from side to side – a lot. Sunburn, not sea sickness, is

my enemy for the day, but after a brief opening spell I hook my first dogfish and this monster is worth 56 points. The call goes out: “One dogfish for Dan,” and I am straight back into it, having reset the rod of course. A coalfish is next on my catch quota, I am delighted with this amazing specimen, and take a few minutes to look at its glittering scales. Despite the hectic and

competitive atmosphere around me, all of the experienced anglers stop to comment and give me advice on the fish itself. Drift fishing is the final discipline of the day, this involves using heavy weights and rig and bouncing them off the shallow bottom to entice the fish out to bite. Drift is my last chance of glory, but no dice and we limp into shore second overall on the boat, but

having recorded a total catch of 75 points or 23 fish, which feels good. Having experienced what can only be described as a sport requiring true devotion, would I try it again? If I could guarantee good weather yes, and yes I would recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in rod sports. Find out more on the sport at:

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UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE: Main, Cpl Sam Hodges versus Coca Cola Red Sparks, right, Cpl Harry Harbadge battles it out versus Waseda University in Tokyo 

Rising Sun is a tour de force RAF100 related tour proves smash hit Staff Reporter Japan AN INCREDIBLE sense of cohesion within hockey is what RAF Hockey Association’s spokesperson Sqn Ldr Rachel Portlock said she took away from the six game, 12-day tour of Japan. The tour saw a men’s squad which included GB player SAC Liam Sanford and women’s squad play three matches against difficult opposition around Tokyo and Hiroshima. On the first matches, that took place in humid conditions in Tokyo, against young, fit and well-drilled Waseda University sides, Portlock said: “There was a little nervous tension in the air, but everyone

was delighted to get out and play, despite the jet lag getting the better of them in the first few days.” The jet lag did not hold the men’s team back, as they fought back from an early one goal deficit to settle for a thrilling 4-4 draw.

The players showed resilience and supported each other

The women’s team put on a valiant display, but the warm conditions and a couple of unlucky breaks meant the University side ran out 2-0 winners. The visitors did not let the results

White on the night THE RAF Operational Shooting (OS) Service Pistol team became hat-trick heroes after winning the prestigious Inter-Service Whitehead Trophy for the third time in a row. The team defended their title and won the Whitehead Trophy in the culmination of the annual Armed Forces Operational Shooting championships at Bisley. The team of eight firers captained by Sgt Samm McGrath, which featured two reserve members, posted a winning score of 1376, beating the second place Army team by a resounding 54 points. Shooting for the team was Sgt Alex Lilley, who won the Queen’s Medal for the Champion Shot of the Royal Air Force for the second

time the week before the Bisley competition. Sgt McGrath said: “Pistol shooting is the most difficult Service weapon to master and the RAF lead the way. “This year we did not have all our best marksmen available due to RAF100 activities, but the team did not let me or our Service down in the centenary year. I am extremely proud of our record.” He said “The Whitehead win was an excellent way to finish the championships. “It was due to all the team performing and producing a great team score. It’s not the star shots that win this event, but all the team performing well.” Follow the team on Twitter @ RAFSWShooting.

dishearten them moving into the next game against the Japanese National Defence Academy Despite there being some concerns about the quality of the pitch, both teams produced convincing victories with the ladies winning 3-1 and the men 7-1. Moving to Hiroshima for the final round of matches, the women faced their toughest challenge yet against Coca Cola Red Sparks. The opposition featured seven national players who will be participating in the Hockey World Cup later this summer. The match provided a tough battle for the team as they lost 11-0. The men’s team played Sanyo

League leaders hit the big 50 CPL STEVE Robinson, secretary of the Lincolnshire Services cross country running and summer road running league, is looking to celebrate its 50th year in Service style. Having blitzed the winter season, with SAC Chloe Finlay and FS Paul Vernon taking first place overall, the league is already two races into its summer calendar. With a busy July schedule underway, August will feature another two races with the final race at RAF Digby on September 5. Robinson said: “Commemorative water bottles have been presented to all current team members, but we are obviously always looking out for new runners to a competitive but friendly league.” For further information contact station OICs.

Senior High Old Boys, who ran out 2-0 winners. The team also found time in their busy playing schedule to carry out some sightseeing Speaking after the trip, Portlock said: “The players showed

resilience, they supported each other and grasped this amazing opportunity. The benefits of the trip are immeasurable and just go to prove the importance of teamwork.” Follow RAF hockey on Twitter @rafhockey.

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A real Trooper

HE HOLDS the world record for his running endeavours in a Star Wars Stormtrooper outfit and now Sqn Ldr Jeremy Allinson, left running at Pinewood Studios, has set up a new virtual racing Guinness World Records challenge. He has raised £13,376 for Make A Wish so far, with 2018 the third year or trilogy in his Star Wars get-up, where he completed a 100km run around the Pinewood Studios Complex, the spiritual home of the movie franchise, around the Lucasfilm Star Wars and the Black Park area. Allinson is looking for supporters to help him raise vital funds for the charity. Join him on his virtual run at: laststormtrooper-run and follow him on Twitter @stormtro operun. PHOTO: Andy Bridge



Set off for summer

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Ladies show mettle in IS 40 series

AS AN opening salvo the newlook RAF women’s cricket team produced an impressive noise with two displays that featured guts, guile and no little clash at Vine Lane in the 40-over InterServices competition. Reaching the 100 mark in their opening innings against the Army, they battled hard in the field, but succumbed in the 10th over with the ball, before posting a record 202 for five from 40 overs against the title holding the Royal Navy in their second clash, in a six wicket defeat. Despite the defeats these are solid building blocks for the team and its new manager Sqn Ldr Rachel Kay, with captain Cpl Ellie Dey top scoring on 56 not out against the Navy, who eventually lost to the Army in the final game of the series. Dey had produced the goods

in the opening clash as well as inspiring her troops following a slow start which saw the batsmen 24-2 off 10 overs. Dey and Cpl Lucy Kelly-Tonge pushed the score up to 54 with Dey hitting 36 runs. At 90-6 with 10 overs remaining and Cpl Kay Edwards at the crease

things looked set for the 120 mark, but it just wasn’t to be. In the second match the first wicket fell with 24 runs on the board, and the belligerent start saw them reach that historic total and set down a marker for next year. Follow the ladies team on Twitter @rafcricket.

EUROPEAN GLORY was the reward for veteran judo star Sgt Rob Sabella in the M3 under-81kg at the championships event in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena. Sabella was accompanied by judo stalwart Sgt Fred Harris in the M3 under-90kg and Sgt Atkins in the under-63kg, with each performing well. Harris was up first and, having blitzed his way through the first two fights, he was set for a face-off to compete for bronze in his final fight, but having come through against a tough French competitor he saw three penalties rob him of his chance of European glory. Sabella, pictured right with medal inset, was up next and, despite losing his first bout, he was given the opportunity to fight in the repecharge due to his original opponent’s winning run. Using ippon to win his first bout, the RAF man was now in full flow, winning four fights for his chance

of meal glory, which he took just 90 seconds to complete and take bronze. Sgt Atkins, buoyed by recent Britsh and Scottish masters win, but despite going to a ‘goldenscore’ situation, was not able to drive home the win ending in seventh with Harris.

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