RAF News Edition 1539, 1 July 2022

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The Forcesit' e favourer pap


Fighter Pilot, Hawker book & DVDs to win

Friday July 1 2022 No. 1539 70p

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Armed Forces Day: Britain backs our nation's heroes


Pro Master

Pitting pride Kabul crews honoured with medal

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Tri-Service cup action

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Gold for the ladies A PAIR of eco-minded Air Force graduates revealed their dream inventions as they celebrated passing out on International Women in Engineering Day. School and university pals Dominique Laundy and Jemma Godfrey are now set to start their Air Force careers in engineering.

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Fg Off Laundy said: “I am passionate about climate change. My dream would be inventing technology that could use the energy from lightning strikes.” Fg Off Godfrey added: “My dream invention would reverse the effects of climate change by finding ways to live cleanly and efficiently to preserve the world we have left."

SERVICE PERSONNEL who launched one of the biggest ever military airlifts to rescue vulnerable Afghans from Kabul have received their medals. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace made the presentation to Operation Pitting veterans at Permanent Joint Headquarters in North London. He said: “As one of the largest humanitarian evacuations in history, Operation Pitting demonstrated the resilience and commitment of our Armed Forces. “I am honoured to award these courageous individuals their medals in recognition of putting the safety and lives of others above their own.” A total of 30 personnel received the Afghanistan operational service medal with an Operation Pitting clasp, with hundreds more expected to be presented in the coming weeks. The award is only given to those who completed five full days of service in Afghanistan during the mission. The largest RAF airlift in more than 70 years began on August 13, 2021, bringing more than 15,000 Afghan and British nationals to the UK in just over 16 days as the Taliban closed in on Kabul.