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A NEW fleet of 16 uncrewed Protector aircraft capable of mounting 40-hour surveillance and combat missions is set to deliver a massive boost to the UK global capability, Defence Chiefs say. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) will carry out operations around the world from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire under a £195 million deal. Project chief Air Cdre Richard Barrow said: “When Protector enters service in 2024, UK Defence will take an enormous jump forward in capability, giving us the ability to operate globally with this cutting-edge, highly-adaptable platform.”

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Game on for Luke RAF HOCKEY star SAC Liam Sanford has had a dream start to his quest for Olympic gold with Team GB in Tokyo. The 25-year-old Service athlete has featured in both of the side’s stunning victories in the opening matches of the Games tournament. A 3-1 win over South Africa was followed up two days later with another victory, by the same scoreline, this time over Canada. The defender and his teammates were next set to play Germany, after RAF News went to press. With the top four sides from each of the two groups going onto the quarter-finals, Team GB and SAC Sanford look highly likely to play their first knock-out game on August 1. A victory there would see them play in the semis two days later, with the ultimate goal of a finals spot and the chance to go for gold on August 5.

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VC10 arrives

THE FIRST of 14 VC10 transporters arrive at Brize Norton for service with 10 Sqn. The first operational flight takes place a year later in 1967.

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Battle of Britain THE SECOND phase of the Battle of Britain begins with intense fighting over the Isle of Wight in support of Convoy CW9, and heavy Luftwaffe attacks against radar sites and airfields.


Harrier Bosnia mission

4 SQN Harriers deploy to Gioia Del Colle in southern Italy and launch ground attack and reconaissance tasks against Serbian forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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UK Protector deal raises UAV stakes

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Protector Facts Simon Mander THE AIR FORCE is to get a fleet of 16 Protector aircraft capable of strike missions anywhere in the world under a £195 million deal. A contract for another 13 cutting-edge unmanned aircraft was signed by Defence Minister Jeremy Quin. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System will carry out surveillance missions armed with precision strike weapons capable of attacking adversaries around the globe, operated from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. A 16-strong fleet has now been ordered from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and is expected to enter service by mid-2024, doubling the capability of the current Reaper force. The investment includes four additional ground control stations. Mr Quin said: “Our fleet of 16 Protector aircraft will be equipped with ultra-modern technology that will provide the RAF with a vast global reach allowing us to monitor and protect the battlespace for hours on end.” Protector will be deployed in surveillance operations where it can fly consistently for up to 40 hours. Air Commodore Richard Barrow said: “The contract for the additional 13 Protector aircraft, taking the total to 16, is a major milestone for the UK.

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CONTROL SUITE: Protector will be flown from RAF Waddington, which currently pilots Reaper platforms on operations

“When Protector enters service in 2024, UK Defence will take an enormous jump forward in capability, giving us the ability to operate globally with this cutting-edge, highly-adaptable platform.” Three aircraft were ordered last year, with two completed and undergoing test and evaluation in the USA. The first one

will be delivered to the RAF in 2023. Later this year, Protector’s capability will be demonstrated in the UK when a Sky Guardian aircraft takes to the skies in Lincolnshire before taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior, from Lossiemouth. Protector will have to meet stringent Nato and UK safety certification

standards to operate in civilian airspace and could support civilian agencies in search and rescue and disaster response missions. The aircraft have advanced anti-icing and lightning protection so they can fly in bad weather, use enhanced data links and carry next-generation, low collateral, precision strike weapons Future including the Britishsee made Brimstone combat, missile and Paveway IV p16-17 laser guided bomb.

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Gunners test NATO metal

UK TYPHOONS continue to prowl the skies seeking out Daesh targets over Iraq and Syria. The swing-role UK combat jets also carry long-range Storm Shadow cruise missiles, Paveway IV laser-guided bombs and Brimstone ground attack missiles during sorties from Akrotiri, Cyprus. PHOTO: CPL MATTY MATTHEWS

GUNNERS CALLED in heavy armour from the British-led Nato battle group in Estonia to test the skills of the Alliance’s air attack controllers. A RAF Regiment-led Tactical Air Control Party organised a large-scale integration exercise dubbed Furious Wolf to put 38 controllers from 10 different nations currently serving in the Baltic region through their paces. Each team joined an infantry section from B Company, 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment for a battle run in a Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle backed up by a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. Once on board, the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers directed close air support from Estonian L39 and R44 jets, Spanish Eurofighters and Italian F35As to attack a simulated enemy while avoiding friendly forces close to their targets. RAF Regiment Flt Lt John Ennals, who commands the 3 Royal Horse Artillery Tactical Air Control Party, said: “Exercise Furious Wolf is an important opportunity to integrate training with all JTACs here in the Baltics to share tactics and experiences with other nations involved in ongoing operations.” “Enemy forces were played by 3 RHA, who defended their 105 light guns, while Stormer vehicles from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery

ON TARGET: RAF Regt JTAC calls in ‘strike’ on enemy armour during Nato drill in Estonia

provided a surface-to-air threat to the jets. TACP second-in command Sgt Dawson said: “It has been a fantastic opportunity for all nations to share experiences. A vast amount of training was completed during the week-long exercise. It also offered the opportunity to build relations and contacts.”

JTACs joined Italian Air Force pilots currently on the Nato Baltic Air Policing mission in Estonia at Amari Airbase to talk tactics. The Nato enhanced Forward Presence mission codenamed Op Cabrit provides multinational, combat-ready forces to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland on a rotational basis.

Spadeadam launches drone swarm drill Simon Mander DRONE SWARMS have been used for the first time by British Armed Forces in Commando raid trials. A range of uncrewed systems dived, sailed and flew together to back up Royal Marines practising assaults on simulated enemy missile and radar installations in Cumbria and Dorset, launched from the RAF’s Spadeadam Electronic Warfare Tactics centre in Northumberland and off the south coast. Six medium-heavy lift drones were operated in one autonomously controlled swarm from a single ground control station to resupply commandos with kit, from ammunition to blood for combat medics. The swarm then switched roles to conduct reconnaissance missions for raids ashore and against a hostile target at sea. First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, said: “Only by continued experimentation with the latest technology and innovation can we

properly prepare our people for the challenges of the future. Colonel Chris Haw, the officer in charge of the experiments, said: “I have seen phenomenal progress through this series of trials over the past two years.” Royal Marine strike teams from Taunton-based 40 Commando called on swarms of Malloy TRV150 drones capable of airlifting up to 68kg of supplies by tapping a map location and time for the delivery on to a small tablet on their chest. Meanwhile, raiding parties used the Anduril Ghost drone – an almost silent, difficult to detect vehicle, that can work in a swarm capturing thermal images and footage of potential targets from on land or at sea. Commandos also had the fixedwing Cobra drone flying overhead identifying potential enemies, which can be carried in a backpack and launched from the ground or from a ship. And they trained with the Tactical Precision Strike system

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using lethal ‘loitering,’ that flies near a target and waits for a human order to attack. The trials follow tests in the

Mediterranean and the Arctic last year. Further exercises will take place in the Californian desert later this year.

GUNNERS TEAMED up with Royal Marines and French Commandos in a recent exercise. More than 80 Joint Terminal Attack Controllers played out battle scenarios across the UK. The two-week Exercise Terminal Strike was hosted by Coningsby’s Air Land Integration Cell and included Royal Artillery and Royal Armoured Corps specialists. The Stanford and Sculthorpe training areas, Donna Nook and Holbeach bombing ranges provided opportunities for controllers to direct Typhoons, Hawks, and Apache helicopters.

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Staff Reporter RAF GUNNERS dug deep in sweltering heat in Romania in a bid to overhaul Nato rivals in the battle for the coveted ‘Golden Jerry Can of Pain’ trophy. The Force Protection specialists supporting 121 EAW at the Mihail

Kogălniceanu Air Base took it to the wire in a gruelling fitness showdown with the US Army, Romanian Air Force and a combined Nato team. After a mini-marathon carrying a 70kg stretcher, tyre-flip, speed march and 24 tonne truck pull the Gunners narrowly lost out to the might of Nato.

Royal favourite Townsend’s medal haul sells for £260k Tracey Allen

Capt Townsend FIGHTER ACE: Gp

MEDALS AWARDED to RAF ace Gp Capt Peter Townsend, known for his romance with Princess Margaret, have sold for £260,000, their top estimated price, at auction in London. The 11 medals, including a CVO, DSO, DFC and Second Award Bar were sold to a private collector with Townsend’s original flying log books covering his whole operational career. Mark Quayle, medal specialist from auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb, said: “We had hoped this iconic group of medals was going to achieve this spectacular result, if only as a reflection of Gp Capt Townsend’s glittering service career as a Battle of Britain fighter ace – one of The Few – and his story combined with a tale of royal love and heartbreak provided the ultimate human interest story that appeals to all collectors.” In February 1940, Townsend became the first pilot to bring

ROMANCE: Princess Margaret arrives at Fighter Command at Stanmore to celebrate the RAF’s 40th anniversary

down an enemy aircraft on English soil. He later commanded 85 Squadron from May 1940 until June 1941, when he completed

more than 300 operational sorties, and destroyed at least 11 enemy aircraft. He was appointed Equerry to George VI in 1944, and Comptroller

to the Queen Mother’s Household in 1953. Townsend sold his medals at auction in 1988 and donated the proceeds to a charitable fund set up to help children.

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Jump start for Brit GP

THE RAF Falcons dropped in on Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix, in front of more than 140,000 F1 race fans. The parachute display team joined the Red Arrows at the iconic track for the UK F1 showdown as part of their 60th anniversary tour. Falcons coach Sgt James Bruce said: “Performing at the British Grand Prix was one of the highlights of our spectacular anniversary year. Being able to showcase our 60th anniversary display in front of over 140,000 people was a huge honour.”

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ANGLO-GERMAN FIGHTER operations could soon be a reality following Nato Air Policing integration training in Romania. The deployment saw Eurofighters from the Luftwaffe’s Tactical Air Wing 71 ‘Richthofen’ and Typhoons from 121 Expeditionary Air Wing conduct the first live armed Quick Reaction Alert training scrambles and intercepts. For nearly three weeks, 40 German military personnel have been embedded with the 180-strong RAF unit operating from Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base in Romania in preparation to fight and exercise as a fully integrated force in the future. Deputy Commander Operations Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew said: “On the 60th year of Nato Quick Reaction Alert this joint deployment reenforces the commitment of both the RAF and the Luftwaffe to achieving a joint Nato Air Policing mission. “The next step will be the signing of a Common Declaration on UK and German Eurofighter/ Typhoon interoperability, which the Air Chiefs look forward to signing when they next meet; this important document will facilitate future combined exercises and operations between our nations.”

INTEGRATION: Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew at Mihail Kogălniceanu air base

Both Air Forces regularly exercise together but presently carry out independent Nato Air Policing missions. Combined operational training deployments have previously taken place in Lithuania and Estonia, in 2020. Commanding Officer of 121 EAW Wg Cdr Stephen Lamping said: “We have demonstrated a high degree of interoperability, both on the ground and in the air, as we continue to work towards a future deployment that will have UK and German personnel fully integrated.”

ON TRACK: Stu Philpott and Chris Wilce

Typhoon hot pit bid boosts Nato role “It improves the speed at which highly capable Air Forces across Nato BRITISH TYPHOONS are honing can deliver decisive air power from their ability to fight at short notice several dispersed locations. Therefore, from multiple airbases across the enforcing a more agile, and integrated, Nato alliance by using ‘hot pit’ approach with our Allies.” refuelling. Typhoon pilots also took Lossiemouth jets backed by the opportunity to develop A400M and Voyager aircraft and practise joint tactics flew to Bodø Main Air Station and procedures with two in Norway to test the idea by Norwegian F-16 fighters. embedding an RAF team within Air Officer Commanding the Royal Norwegian Air Force 11 Group Air Vice-Marshal base capable of conducting Ian Duguid said: “This operations away from integrated activity their Scottish home. demonstrates our Norwegian Defence ability to deploy, Attaché in the United integrate and Kingdom Colonel John recover our Olsen said: “The joint assets in an training strengthens the agile, short effectiveness of Nato air Duguid n o t i c e Ian M AV : LE RO KEY NATO power. manner.”

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Abb’s fab

A HALTON Flying Officer has netted more than £1,700 for charity by running 50 laps around a lake in Wales, in memory of her late father. Fg Off Abby Nascimento, above right, raised the funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Calon Hearts, a Welsh heart charity, in tribute to dad Paddy.

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Hot shot chefs cook the book for RBL 100th Tracey Allen

CELEBRITY CHEFS Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriott and the Hairy Bikers have joined forces with serving personnel and vets to cook up a celebration for the Royal British Legion’s 100th anniversary. TV’s culinary stars are backing a cookbook featuring recipes from across the world and Forces heroes who served in each location, in a bid to raise £250,000 for the military charity in its centenary year. Cooking With Heroes was put together by a team including RAF personnel and veterans, headed by retired Sqn Ldr Jon ‘JP’ Pullen. He said: “By teaming up with members from across the Royal British Legion we identified a local hero or heroine to represent each region. “The only rule was that it had to be someone nominated by local RBL members who they thought fitting to represent their region and who had made a significant contribution to the defence of Britain.” They include the story of pilot Sqn Ldr Mohinder Singh Pujii DFC from Kent, written by Wg Cdr Manjeet Ghataora, alongside a recipe from the county for oyster, beef and stout pie by Royal Navy Leading Chef Ashley Gilham. Recipes by celebrity chefs include Jamie Oliver’s Leigh-onSea sole cooked in a smoky seafood broth,

UK Chiefs’ Pearl Harbour tribute Staff Reporter DEFENCE CHIEFS paid their respects to the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. Chief of the Air Staff ACM Sir Mike Wigston joined Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on his tour of the region and spoke to local commanders. The USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 military personnel killed on December 7, 1941 and commemorates the events of the day that led America into World War II.

PUKKA TUCKER: Super chef Jamie Oliver backing RBL publication

HAIR PAIR LUNCH: Si King and Dave Myers feature along with RAF veteran Sqn Ldr Mohinder Singh Pujii, pictured below. Inset, oyster, beef and stout pie

The Hairy Bikers’ mushroom bourguignon cobbler, and Cyrus Todiwala’s Indian vegetarian dish cholay channa daal do piazza. Also featured is the chicken dish pelau from Trinidad & Tobago by LAC Seun Omisore accompanying a tribute to World War II navigator Sqn Ldr Ulric Cross, written by Flt Lt Daniel Beechey. The book has more than 100 recipes. The 101st, for lemon and poppy seed cake by RAF Sgt Ian Mark ‘Bear’ is featured next to a tribute by Sqn Ldr Pullen to The Tomb of the Unknown

Warrior. Many of the recipes, including puddings, have instructions on how to adapt them as a vegetarian or vegan alternative. JP added: “We have created a book which tells the story of courage and heroism from across the UK and the Commonwealth. “It feels fitting that so many individuals from the military family have come together to mark the centenary of the RBL, a charity that, in its 100th year, continues to support, commemorate and celebrate our Armed Forces community.” Cooking With Heroes (published by St James’s House) is available from Amazon, online from Waterstones, WH Smith and from the RBL’s

Bang on CHEEKY FUNDRAISERS are paying tribute to Capt Tom Moore – by entering a London taxi in a charity banger race in his honour. More than 500 vets will be hitting the road this September to complete 1,500 miles in motors worth less than £500, including the Capt Tom Memorial Taxi team. Organiser, and Navy vet John McGowan, said: “This is for like-minded people to have enormous fun away from life’s daily routine and reexperience the camaraderie of Service life while raising money for military charities.” For entry details go to:

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Honour for Flying Sikh

TRIBUTE: Sir Mike with London Gurdwara President Gurpreet Singh Anand; inset above, taking part in meditation exercise PHOTOS: SAC TOM CANN

RAF CHIEF Sir Mike Wigston paid tribute to a pioneering WWI Indian fighter pilot during a visit to London’s Central Sikh temple. Dubbed ‘The Flying Sikh’ for wearing a custom-made helmet over his turban, Lt Hardit Singh Malik joined the hunt for the notorious Red Baron over Passchendaele in a Sopwith Camel. One of only four Indians to fly in the Royal Flying Corps, he was hit twice in the leg hunting the notorious German fighter Ace, and the bullets remained in him for the rest of his life. Sir Mike was joined by the UK Forces’ highestranking Sikh, Wg Cdr Manjeet Singh Ghataora, and RAF Sikh Chaplain Flt Lt Mandeep Kaur at the Central Gurdwara in West London.

Tech boost for Arrows

RED ARROWS pilots will use the latest technology to improve their displays under a support deal with Boeing. The move is part of a shift to portable devices to improve flight performance, planning and management, a spokesman said. The team will use FliteDeck Proto digital navigational charts, manuals, and documents through an en route map display and ForeFlight software for flight planning, checklists and weather, and to alert aircrew to nearby aircraft.

Dani pushes boat out with win Air Force engineer named ROWE YOUR BOAT: Flt Lt Danielle Rowe celebrates after scooping prestigious UK sea-faring trophy. Inset left left, at the helm during test

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AN AIR FORCE engineer is making waves with her skills as a skipper after being named Yachtmaster of the Year. AeroSystems expert Flt Lt Danielle Rowe beat 3,000 competitors to scoop the prestigious title after starting sailing at nine years old. She said: “I’m absolutely over the moon and still can’t believe it. Conditions for the exam really were tough.” She began racing at Neyland Yacht Club in Pembrokeshire, travelling to events across the UK, and pursuing her passion at Southampton University. Now she works at Wittering’s Support Force Headquarters making sure RAF units get the back-up they need on operations or exercises. The 25-year-old still regularly boards the Air Force Sailing Association racing yacht Red Arrow to hone her sailing skills. Flt Lt Rowe said: “I mostly sail in the Solent but am lucky to be based near Rutland Water at the moment so try to get out dinghy sailing as much as I can during the week. “I can sail as part of my job. They are really supportive and allow plenty of time to get out on the water.” Royal Yachting Association Director of Training and Qualifications Richard Falk said: “This is an outstanding achievement and one Dani should be extremely proud of. “There were more than 3,000 people

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who undertook the exam for the certificate of competence in 2019. “The calibre was extremely high, but Dani put in the strongest performance, demonstrating all of the skills and attributes we look for in potential RYA Yachtmasters.” The qualification is highly respected across the globe and a recognised entry

ticket into the maritime industry. RAF Wittering Station Commander Gp Capt Jez Case said: “The Yachtmaster of the Year award is a fantastic accomplishment and Dani is a credit to both the station and the Royal Air Force”

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Dam-bikers mission right on target

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A CYCLING challenge celebrating the centenary of the last surviving Dambuster, Sqn Ldr George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, has raised almost £150,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Starting and finishing at son Woodhall Spa, the home HERO: Johnny John of the Dambusters – 617 NATIONAL Squadron – the route also took in Scampton, Cranwell, and Highfields School in Newark, where Johnny taught after leaving the Air Force. A team of three engineers from Coningsby’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight took on the 100mile Dambusters Ride. Cpl Rob Taylor, Sgt Craig Reynolds and SAC Aidan Summerell joined hundreds of other cyclists pedalling for charity. Rob said: “As engineers fortunate enough to work on such iconic aircraft, the Dambusters raid means a lot to the three of us. “Our job gives us an we’re proud to be giving amazing link to the past something back.” and the debt owed to Cranwell-based people like Johnny so Cadets Chief of Staff Wg

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SADDLE SCORE: Coningsby team hit the road; inset left, Cosford-based fundraiser Sqn Ldr Ian Gould

Cdr Mike Ainsworth completed the route as part of his bid to cover 5,600 miles in honour of the 56 airmen who died during the raid.

Cosford’s Sqn Ldr Ian Gould launched a solo charity mission covering 107 miles in under six hours around Bomber County.

THIS YEAR’S RAF Cosford Air Show has been cancelled, the organisers have announced. The event was due to go ahead over the weekend of September 11-12. A spokesperson said: “We are devastated to be in this position once again but the health and safety of the public and our serving personnel, and the financial security of future shows, must be our priorities.” Customers who have held onto their tickets will be able to request a refund through the website at cosfordairshow. or they can carry their tickets over to the RAF Cosford Air Show 2022.

Pals go extra mile for battling medic James Staff Reporter

AIR FORCE Reservists have netted more than £7,000 with a marathon fundraising challenge for an RAF medic with terminal cancer. Flt Lt James Iddon, a 4626 Sqn nursing officer and NHS clinical site manager, was diagnosed with the disease in his head and neck during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre he returned to NHS and RAF duties at the beginning of the second wave of Covid-19 and signed up to run the London Marathon for Above and Beyond – the hospital’s charity. But in May Flt Lt Iddon heard his cancer had returned, spread to his lungs and chest, and was terminal, leaving him unable to complete the challenge. So 18 of his Brize Norton comrades decided to do their own virtual marathons to help hit his target. Flt Lt Iddon said: “I’m very lucky to be a member of a great RAF team. They’ve all pushed themselves in their own way to do it. “I’m amazed at their ability to go ‘you’re part of our team and what’s your challenge is our challenge’. “What they’re achieving on their

own and on my behalf is such a morale boost when you’re going through difficult times – and when you’re dealing with a terminal diagnosis it puts a little spring in your step when not much else does. “I just feel really cared for. It’s amazing. “Finding out the cancer had spread to my lungs was the most devastating bit of the whole journey. “At the time it didn’t feel real. The day I heard that diagnosis I was doing marathon training. To let the information sink in I went out and ran 12 miles. “The fundraising has continued to go way past the target, which is a lovely thing to see. It’s just showing me that they’re there for me.” Above and Beyond raises money for the most up-to-date equipment, more comfortable surroundings and innovative research. Flight Commander Sqn Ldr Sarah Charters said: “James is an ITU nurse by background, has been a member of 4626 Sqn for 10 years, and has deployed to undertake aeromedical support during Op Herrick in Afghanistan. “He is a rising star within our squadron, having commissioned from the ranks, and provides outstanding nursing leadership within our team.”

CANCER FIGHT: Armed Forces medical officer Flt Lt James Iddon

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Future Combat

Building Gener ● Meeting threat from China/Russia

● Recruiting young talent

PROTECTOR: Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft System

WARNING: CAS, ACM Sir Mike Wigston, says we must be able to react to China/Russia threat


LLIED AIR CHIEFS have vowed to increase collaboration to revolutionise air power and develop the next generation of high-tech combat kit to counter the growing global threat from rapidly modernising Russian and Chinese forces. The US Air Force and RAF are spearheading moves across the Nato alliance to create cutting-edge, software-based platforms capable of fusing and sharing battle-winning data across space and traditional domains. Backed by a UK government budget boost of £24 billion, the Royal Air Force has already trialled the Nexus combat cloud system using a Voyager aircraft at 25,000ft to create a real-time strategic picture accessed by units via lap tops and tablet devices. The new £36 million Gladiator air defence system is expected to reach initial operating capability by the end of the year, which could see synthetic training replace the

majority of live flying combat drills. The system will support training for combat fast jets and new surveillance aircraft including the AWACS E3-D replacement Wedgetail (inset right) and the Protector UAV ahead of development for use with Navy Type 45 destroyers. As the era of unmanned combat air gains pace, 216 Sqn has conducted exercises with swarms of low-cost drones designed to disrupt and cripple enemy air defences.


peaking at the recent Global Air Chief ’s conference Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said: “Day after day, our people ram home that message by demonstrating the utility of air and space power, from protecting our skies and patrolling our seas, to bolstering our Nato allies, monitoring threats to our critical interests in space, on operations in

Mali or taking the fight to Daesh in their sanctuaries in Syria and Iraq. “We all recognise an increasingly unstable world of persistent challenge and competition, whether that is Chinese expansionism or Russia’s reckless adventurism in Eastern Europe or committing murder on the streets of the UK.

“The strategic context is increasingly complex and dynamic, and the pace of change is extraordinary, supercharged by leaps in technology. If we fail to respond, and respond at pace, we will cede the advantage to our adversaries.”


he military space race has seen rivals developing weapons and targeting military and commercial satellites.

Exploiting the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and developing ‘light speed’ data platforms is the biggest challenge facing Allied forces, which must move their focus from hardware to software, according to US defence chiefs. USAF Chief of Staff Gen Charles Q Brown said: “China’s advancement in military capability is a threat and Russia continues to challenge state sovereignty. “The ongoing technological revolution is changing the character of warfare itself. Future

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ration Tempest ● Software driven kit

● Drones, UAVs & AI

● Synthetic training boost

AI: Will play an increasing role in modern warfare

conflict will be different. It will be contested everywhere on every level and in every domain. Modern war will be a contest amongst systems, not individuals or war platforms. “We spent the last two decades executing the last of the old wars. This has resulted in an American Air Force that was good enough for yesterday and good enough for today – but definitely not good enough for tomorrow. “If we continue on a path of incremental change our advantage erodes and losing becomes a distinct

‘good enough’ will fail tomorrow. Without change we risk losing our competitive edge to win in a highlycontested environment. “We risk losing capability. We risk losing our ability to defend our own national interests and those of our allies and partners.” USAF CHIEF OF STAFF: Gen Charles Q Brown

possibility over the next 20 years. We must accelerate change or lose. “Our advantage is eroding and


he cornerstone of the RAF’s technological revolution is the Future Combat Air System, including the Tempest aircraft, which received a £2 billion research boost, and the recently-formed RAF Space

NEXT GENERATION: Combat aircraft Tempest (left) and LANCA

Command. ACM Wigston added: ground-breaking technology “In partnership with international including AI, autonomy, software allies like Italy and Sweden we are and laser weapons. taking a revolutionary approach, “Our investment is a massive looking at a game-changing mix vote of confidence in our worldof swarming drones and mixed class aerospace industry and formations of uncrewed combat will create thousands of new aircraft as well as next-generation jobs at the cutting-edge of piloted aircraft like Tempest. technology. That will include “We’re also exploring exciting 2,500 apprenticeships in UK wider international industry across all parts of partnerships, such over the next We are thefiveUK as with Japan. The years as we recruit looking at vision is futuristic the best young talent and ambitious, and swarming drones for a ‘Generation we are already on Tempest’ workforce. and uncrewed the path to turning “To protect and combat aircraft defend our interests it into a reality. “Over the next as well as piloted in Space, we must four years, that £2 continue to build our aircraft billion will be invested understanding of this in driving transformation increasingly contested, across the enterprise, embedding congested and competed domain. the crucial cutting-edge At the same time, our tools, practices and digital diplomats and politicians infrastructure needed to deliver a are working closely with next generation system with our international allies through international partners. the United Nations to establish “We will also focus research norms for responsible and safe and development spending on behaviours in Space.”

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Sqn Ldr Leonard ‘Benny’ Goodman Obituary

Pilot dropped MEGA BOMB: Grand Slam is released 617 SQN: Lawrence ‘Benny’ Goodman


QUADRON LEADER Lawrence ‘Benny’ Goodman, who has died aged 100, was one of the last two surviving Lancaster pilots of 617 (Dambuster) Squadron who attacked the German battleship Tirpitz. In the final weeks of the war he dropped the 22,000lb ‘Grand Slam’, the biggest bomb dropped by the RAF. He joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1940 and began training as a pilot in June 1941. He trained in Canada and on an eventful passage back to Britain an escorting destroyer was sunk and Goodman’s ship was damaged. Goodman had completed his training as a bomber pilot in the summer of 1944 when he was posted in August to 617 Squadron based at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. With its unique reputation as a special duties squadron manned by very experienced crews, it was unusual for a novice crew to be sent to 617. To gain experience, he flew his first raid on August 18 – an attack on the U-boat pens at La Pallice – with an experienced captain before he took his crew to Brest a few days later. On their fourth operation they attacked the Tirpitz. The possibility that the German battleship might cause havoc amongst the convoys carrying vital supplies across the Atlantic, and the crucial war materials for Russia, had dominated naval plans. Attempts by RAF and Fleet Air Arm bombers to disable ‘The Beast’, as Churchill dubbed the battleship, had failed, as had gallant attempts by mini-submarines. In September 1944, Lancasters dropping the 12,000lb ‘Tallboy’ bomb had damaged Tirpitz, forcing it to move south to Tromso, inside the Arctic Circle, for repairs. This brought it in range of bombers taking off from northern Scotland. Drawn from Nos. 9 and 617 (Dambuster) Squadrons, 37 Lancasters, led by Wing Commander ‘Willie’ Tait, took off on October 29, 1944. Cloud appeared as the bombers approached and the battleship

GRAND SLAM put up a smokescreen. Goodman dropped his Tallboy into the smoke before turning for Lossiemouth.


fter the raid on the Tirpitz, Goodman flew on many notable operations; the majority involved dropping Barnes Wallis’s 12,000lb Tallboy deep penetration bomb using a precision bombsight. The bomb had an 11-second delay fuse to allow maximum penetration before exploding to create an ‘earthquake’ effect. In December Goodman attacked the synthetic oil refinery at Politz, near Stettin, which had been marked by flares dropped by Pathfinders. On return, after a flight of over nine hours, fog had appeared over Lincolnshire and Goodman’s Lancaster was the only one to land at Woodhall Spa, the remainder diverted to other airfields. At the end of December he attacked the E-Boat pens at Rotterdam and at Ijmuiden. After bombing the U-boat pens at Bergen in Norway on January 12 1945, and a return to the E-Boat pens in the Netherlands, the squadron turned its attention to destroying the crucial viaducts that carried the railways being used by the Germans to bring reinforcements to the frontline in the west. On February 22 Goodman dropped his Tallboy on the Bielefeld viaduct, a particularly difficult target


n March the squadron began receiving Barnes Wallis’s 22,000lb ‘Grand Slam’, the biggest nonnuclear air-dropped conventional weapon of the war. To carry this huge bomb the Lancasters had to be modified and this included a stronger undercarriage, removal of the front and mid-upper gun

COMMEMORATION: Mr Goodman at the RAF Museum, Hendon for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020

turrets, some armour plating and the bomb doors. As the specially modified bombers took off, observers on the ground saw the straight wings of the Lancaster flex. On March 19 the target was the Arnsberg viaduct. Goodman was flying one of the six Lancasters carrying the Grand Slam. He was the third to drop his bomb and, as the raid departed, the viaduct was in ruins. Over the final weeks of the war, Goodman dropped more Tallboys, including one on the U-Boat construction yards at Hamburg. On April 25 he took off on his last operation, the attack on Hitler’s retreat at Berchtesgaden in Bavaria. Despite being hit by anti-aircraft

fire, he dropped his Tallboy. Later, he commented: “We certainly made a mess of the Waffen SS barracks.”


oodman was loud in praise of his ground crew. He wrote: “Working out in all weathers, often on wind, snow and rainswept dispersals, they were always there to ensure the serviceability of our aircraft and to see us depart. They waited in uncertainty eager to witness our return. For 365 days and nights they made it possible for us to do our job. All of us who flew knew their worth.” Goodman remained in the RAF and transferred to Transport Command flying the Stirling. He left the RAF in the summer of

1946 and immediately joined the Auxiliary Air Force flying the latest mark of Spitfire with 604 (County of Middlesex) Squadron. He rejoined the RAF in September 1949 and over the next few years flew the Hastings transport aircraft. He later converted to the Canberra and was a flight commander on 80 Squadron based in Germany. After a tour in the Air Ministry he left the RAF in 1964 to rejoin the family firm. He was an active member of the 617 Squadron Association and was in demand as a speaker raising funds for charitable causes, including the RAF Benevolent Fund. In 2017 the French Government awarded him the Légion d’Honneur.


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Air Mshl Sir Roderick Goodall KBE, CB, CBE, AFC* Obituary

The Tornado chief who served in Iraq Rocky was one of RAF’s most experienced & respected Cold War pilots and commanders

ROCKY GOODALL: As OC 16 Squadron


IR MARSHAL Sir Roderick Goodall, who has died aged 74, had many years experience as a fighter ground attack pilot. Known throughout his time in the RAF as ‘Rocky’, he entered the RAF College Cranwell in 1965 and trained as a pilot. He was commissioned in 1968 and began a long association flying ground attack aircraft when he joined 8 Squadron to fly the Hunter. The squadron was based in Bahrain and its headquarters on the airfield at Muharraq was the one that he transformed into a war dispersal area for the Gulf War. Some of the buildings still bore evidence of the squadron’s occupation some 20 years earlier. When the squadron disbanded in December 1971, Goodall flew one of the squadron’s eight Hunters back to a maintenance unit in Gloucestershire, staging through Tehran, Cyprus, Malta and Istres in France. It heralded the end of the Hunter as a frontline aircraft and the RAF’s permanent presence in the Middle East. In 1972 he converted to the Harrier and served with 3 Squadron based at Wildenrath in Germany. After two years, he left to become a tactics and weapons instructor at the Tactical Weapons Unit based in West Wales, an appointment that reunited him with the Hunter. In early 1978 he returned to the Harrier force in Germany, now based at Gutersloh. As the deputy squadron commander of 3 Squadron, he commanded one of the off-base field sites when the squadron dispersed for operations in support of 1 (British) Corps. At the end of his tour he was awarded the AFC. Goodall assumed command in 1983 of 16 Squadron as it began reequipping with the Tornado at Laarbruch in Germany. The squadron maintained one aircraft at 15 minutes readiness in the nuclear role in addition to training as a low-level, all-weather day and night attack aircraft able to carry various weapon loads. Goodall’s great strength was his understanding of these operations and his own skill as an operational leader; qualities he displayed throughout his flying career. Happy to delegate authority

COMMAND: As a Gp Capt in Bahrain

to those he trusted, one of his flight commanders commented:“I learned a huge amount from him – he was a great boss”. When Goodall left the squadron in 1986 he was awarded a Bar to his AFC. After two years in the MoD, he retuned to the Tornado world in Germany when he was appointed the Station Commander of Bruggen, the home to four Tornado squadrons, an air defence missile squadron and a maintenance unit making it the RAF’s largest operational base at the time with 8,000 personnel including the families.


oodall had completed seven months of the year-long course at the Imperial Defence College when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990. It was decided to deploy British forces to the Gulf Region, and after a series of political and military discussions, an agreement was reached with the Bahraini authorities to use the main civil airport developed on the site of the former RAF base at Muharraq. The then Group Captain Goodall, with recent experience as a Tornado commander, was appointed to command an RAF detachment at Bahrain. He arrived in theatre in September and immediately commenced work to transform the deserted former RAF dispersal area on the Bahraini airfield into a suitable location for up to 24 ground attack aircraft. An important aspect was to use local resources to create a secure

area against possible air attack. Following a visit to the detachment, the senior RAF commander in theatre commented: “I was quite amazed with what Rocky Goodall had achieved since my last visit. He had literally transformed his part of Muharraq with sandbags, oil drums and camouflage nets. He had really put the unit on a proper war footing using all those survivability skills learned in the Cold War.” By the end of September, 12 Tornado and 12 Jaguar ground attack aircraft had arrived, together with an RAF Regiment Rapier air defence squadron and a field hospital. In addition to continuous discussions and dialogue with his Bahraini hosts, Goodall coordinated the in-theatre training of his units. By the time he returned to the UK in November the RAF detachment was combat ready and well prepared for operations. His commander recorded that Goodall “had done an outstanding job.”


is career continued in the operational arena with

appointments as the Director of Offensive Operations in MoD before returning in 1994 to Germany as the final Air Officer Commanding No 2 Group. Some of his Harrier force deployed to Italy for operations over Bosnia and detachments from his Tornado squadrons were deployed to Dhahran in Saudi Arabia to police the no-fly zones over southern Iraq. When the Group was disbanded on April 1, 1996, and the remaining units were transferred to UK command, it signalled the beginning of the rundown of a permanent RAF presence in Germany, which had been in the country since World War II. Goodall’s long association with military operations continued when he was appointed chief of staff at the UK’s primary joint force headquarters at Northwood. British ground and air forces continued to have a heavy commitment in the former Yugoslavia and the need to monitor Iraqi airspace remained an ongoing commitment.

In 1999 he became the Chief of Staff of the Component Command Air North in Nato, based in Ramstein. During Goodall’s three years in post, a major restructuring of the command of Nato’s air assets took place with Poland and the Czech Republic’s airspace and air forces becoming part of the Nato region. The following year, the personnel from four new member nations joined the staff of Air North. Goodall retired from the RAF in February 2004. In addition to his two AFCs, he was appointed KBE (2001), CB (1999) and CBE (1990). He was also made a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was one of the RAF’s most experienced and respected Cold War operational pilots and commanders. Full of energy and innovative ideas, he was incisive, determined and modest, and did not allow difficulties to hinder progress and the achievement of the task. He was President of the RAF Golfing Association (1995-2003).

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Peter Brown BEM Obituary

MASTER ENGINEER: Peter spent seven decades working on aircraft – including Flying Fortress Sally B, pictured

Chief engineer on the Flying Fortress Sally B Peter made unique contribution to aircraft preservation


ETER BROWN, who has died aged 88, spent more than 70 years servicing aircraft – in the RAF, on independent airlines and, more recently, in the classic and vintage aircraft arena. He joined the RAF in 1949 to be an engine fitter and during his service worked in the aircraft servicing flight at Upwood in Huntingdonshire – the home of four Lincoln bomber squadrons. He was attached to 214 Squadron and served with them on detachments to the Canal Zone and to Kenya during the operations against the Mau Mau. After leaving the RAF in 1956 he worked for Freddie Laker’s Aviation Traders before moving in 1976 to Transmeridian Cargo, which operated the unique Canadair CL 44 ‘Guppy’. Brown remained with the company when it became Heavy Lift Cargo Airlines, flying

five ex-RAF Short Belfast transport aircraft, Boeing 707s and a number of large Russian-built cargo carrying aircraft including the giant Antonov 124. The company specialised in carrying outsize loads worldwide. He remained with the company until 2003.


n 1983, and whilst still working for Heavy Lift Air Cargo Airlines, an air freight company, Brown joined the team at Duxford airfield servicing Sally B, the only airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress left in Europe. He became the chief engineer, a position he held until shortly before his death. He led the team of volunteers who serviced the aircraft, and he flew in the vintage bomber whenever it made special flights or displayed at airshows. In 2005, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, he took part in a memorable flight over Buckingham

Palace with a BBC crew on board filming the event. With the world watching, Brown was conscious that a technical defect would force the iconic aircraft to leave the formation. But, all went well and Brown later commented: “When you fly up the Mall and over the Palace and see many thousands of people down there, it comes home to you what a great event you are involved in.” Later that month he was on the flight to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Operation Manna, the major wartime operation to air drop crucial food supplies to the starving Dutch population. For the anniversary flight, Sally B was loaded with bags of bread rolls, red, white and blue flowers and packets of chocolate on small parachutes. Each Dutch town had paid for the bags to be dropped over their location. In addition, copies of the newspaper The Flying Dutchman

dropped by the Allied air forces on May 10, 1945 were also dropped.


n 2006 he was with the aircraft when it flew to Poland to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. Thousands of leaflets were dropped over the city every 15 seconds and there were vast crowds in the streets watching the flypast. Brown developed a deep affection for the aircraft and the American crews who had flown the bomber from airfields in his native East Anglia. He flew on the annual flight over the American Cemetery at Madingley, near Cambridge, an event he described as the “most moving flypast.” In 1990 he was the aeronautical consultant during the making of the film Memphis Belle. The Sally B preservation group said: “Peter’s contribution to the aircraft and the Sally B organisation was second to none.

His inspiration, engineering knowledge and tenacity have kept our B-17 flying for more than four decades. Our aircraft could not have had a better ambassador. He was a brilliant and warm person, engineer and team leader.” In addition to his role with Sally B, Brown worked on many other classic aircraft including the Catalina and Sunderland flying boats. His experience and knowledge was not restricted to large aircraft. He worked on Spitfire ML 407, owned and flown by Caroline Grace, and light aircraft such as the Tiger Moth, Austers and crop spraying aircraft. Brown’s unique contribution to the preservation of vintage and classic aircraft was recognised in 2016 when he was awarded the British Empire Medal. He wrote of his experiences and From Plough to Plane was published in 2011. He later wrote The Flying Spanner.

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By Tracey Allen

An officer, an actor & a gentleman The remarkable life of Mary Poppins star David Tomlinson


AVID TOMLINSON’S name may not be familiar, but his face will be – best known as Mr Banks in Disney’s 1964 film Mary Poppins, he also starred in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug and a host of other family favourites. What’s less well known is that Tomlinson became a distinguished RAF pilot in World War II. Nathan Morley has written the first biography of Tomlinson, Disney’s British Gentleman (The History Press) that details the life of the much-loved actor. Tomlinson was born into a comfortable, middle class family in 1917 in Henley-on-Thames, and grew up in Folkestone. But his father, Clarence, a solicitor, had a double life – instead of living at his London club during the week, he was staying with his secret second family in Chiswick, West London. The deception was revealed when Tomlinson’s brother Peter looked out of the top deck of a bus travelling through Chiswick and was astonished to see his father sitting in bed drinking tea in a strange house. It was Peter, awarded an RAF commission, who inspired young actor David’s love of flying. David learnt to fly in the late 1930s in a De Havilland Tutor with Flying Officer David W Llewelyn, a crazily fearless pilot famed for flying from

London to Cape Town in 1935. Peter became a Spitfire pilot and worked as aide-de-camp and personal pilot to Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris. David joined the RAF in late 1940, following both Peter and one of his other brothers, Paul, into the service. His siblings were sent for pilot training but David wasn’t. He complained: “I had set my sights on becoming an operational pilot, but the request was ignored at every turn.” Instead, aged 23, he was sent to the ‘Chain Home’ radar station at Newchurch to locate enemy bombers. Selected for pilot training in Canada, he made the eight-day journey by ship from Liverpool, although he wouldn’t see his family for a year. During training, David was being encouraged to leave the RAF and go back to acting, as fellow trainee David Ince (later DFC) said: “He could, they said, make a greater contribution to the war effort by playing patriotic films and yet he desperately wanted to fly on ops.” David took up the offer to appear in Leslie Howard’s Pimpernel Smith, the story of a modern day Scarlet Pimpernel which Churchill chose to be shown in the wardroom of the battleship HMS Prince of Wales on his journey to a top-

PILOT: A young David learns to fly in an Avro Tutor. Inset, new biography. Below, Tomlinson with his family during filming of Mary Poppins

secret conference in America with Franklin D Roosevelt. On leave in New York before returning to Britain, David met young widow and mum-of-two Mary Seaton-Lindsay and they married after a whirlwind romance. Straight after the honeymoon the RAF recalled him to Britain and he was posted to EFTS Booker in Buckinghamshire training

glider crews for Operation Market Garden in Arnhem. Back in New York, Mary was planning to join her new husband, but her children were refused travel documents and told to stay in the US until the war ended. Heartbroken, she jumped, holding onto her children, from their 15th floor room at a New York hotel. All three were killed

instantly. David, devastated, later learnt that it wasn’t Mary’s first attempt at suicide. Morley said: “The subject of Mary remained a closed topic for decades.” His children from his second marriage didn’t find out he had been a widower until they were adults. David was demobbed as a Flight Lieutenant, having starred in 1945’s patriotic drama The Way to the Stars, and continued his acting career. He married Audrey Freeman in 1953 and the couple had four sons. He retired from acting in 1980, after appearing in his final film The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu. On retirement, he said: “I have no regrets. I don’t really ever think I had hard times. I mean a lot of actors struggle, but I was really rather lucky I didn’t struggle very much.” ■ Disney’s British Gentleman, The Life and Career of David Tomlinson, by Nathan Morley (


Silver lining for pilots at Covid-safe ceremony Cranwell

AIR FORCE traditions were both renewed and broken during the Covid-safe graduation of the latest multi-engine pilots at Cranwell. Reviewing Officer and No 3 Flying Training School Commandant Group Captain Jon Nixon told the new 45 Sqn aircrew and their proud families via a video link the background behind the customary presentation of the ‘silver sixpence,’ worn behind the flying badge on the RAF Number 1 uniform. He said no one knew the exact reason behind this unique custom; some saying it’s to stop the bullet with your name on, provide a source of funds for a shave and boot

SPECIAL DAY: Some of the graduates and presentation team. Inset, Radley Trophy

polish after a crash landing, or to make the flying badge stand proud on your uniform. Gp Capt Nixon then stood aside as The Radley Trophy was presented to the students achieving

the highest overall standards in academic studies and showing the best flying and officer qualities throughout their course. Normally presented by the Reviewing Officer, this time the

award was made by the donor’s grandson, Wg Cdr James Radley, the OC No 45 Squadron. The 14 graduates who received their wings and now move on to their respective Operational Conversion Units on the frontline are: Flt Lt Stef Chambers BA Flt Lt James Weaver MEng, awarded the Glen Trophy and the Louis McQuade Memorial Trophy Flt Lt Johann Sponneck Flt Lt Liam Osbiston BSc Flt Lt Alex Blakely BSc Flt Lt Steven Barbour, awarded the Radley Trophy

Flt Lt Joshua Boothman BEng Flt Lt Georgina Snowden-Brett MEng, awarded the Dacosta Trophy Flt Lt Joseph Edward Spencer BEng, awarded the Radley Trophy Flt Lt William Leonard Reynolds BN Flt Lt Matthew Gordon Reid, awarded the Louis McQuade Memorial Trophy Flt Lt Jonathan WardBarnett MChem, awarded the Dacosta Trophy Flt Lt Jack David Fitzgerald BA, awarded the Glen Trophy Flt Lt James Conolly

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THERE’S BEEN a UK staycation boom this summer, and 2021 is a bumper year for camping. A TentBox is the ideal way to staycation, offering greater comfort, flexibility and freedom when camping – it can turn any car into a campervan in under 30 minutes. With hotels, B&Bs and even campsites experiencing surges in bookings the ability to drive up to a campsite with your own tent ready to go unlocks more choice and freedom. By mounting a sturdy, easy to put up TentBox on top of any car that has roof rails, campers can increase the sense of freedom they already enjoy. With a TentBox you sleep on an in-built memory foam mattress away from the damp and often muddy ground – instantly removing two of the biggest drawbacks to camping. The UK-based start-up recently commissioned research that revealed some interesting findings about how and why UK holidaymakers plan to get away this summer. Co-founder of TentBox Ollie Shurville said: “Camping with a

TentBox on the roof of your car is a smarter and more comfortable way to sleep outdoors, whilst also increasing the sense of fun and freedom camping can offer. The research shows that camping is seen as a cost effective and environmentally friendly way of going on holiday.” The report, carried out by Sapio Research, revealed that the impact of Covid-19 has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of people wishing to staycation and camp in the UK, with 40 per cent of the population planning to go on holiday in Britain this year. TentBox was founded in 2016 by brothers Ollie and Neill Shurville. They have a huge passion for camping and the outdoors and always dreamt of having a campervan, but could never afford one. They decided to do something about it by making TentBox camping a way of travelling accessible for all. The survey showed that 56 per cent of people planning to holiday

ROOM WITH A VIEW: TentBox sits flat on your roof rails (below) and then pops up in 30 seconds to give you a comfy place to sleep

in the UK are aiming to go, or have been, camping this year – an increase of around a third since 2019. The top three reasons people love camping are because it’s cost effective compared with other holidays, the sense of freedom it

offers and because it’s for the whole family. Only 27 per cent of those surveyed went camping, caravanning, campervanning or glamping in the UK in 2020 but 54 per cent plan to do so in 2021. A TentBox is a sleeping pod that can be easily installed on any car or van. It takes 30 seconds to pop open and then it’s ready to camp in – high and dry off the ground. It has a built-in memory foam mattress with sleeping space for two to three people and you can even store your bedding inside while you drive. It’s fully waterproof, midge proof and can withstand winds of up to 35mph. It gives you the freedom to turn any car into a campervan and set off on a trip wherever and whenever you want, so you can be spontaneous and go away on holiday at very short notice. TentBox comes in three designs – Tentbox Lite (rrp £995), Tentbox

Classic (rrp £1,995) and TentBox Cargo (£2,495). RAF News has teamed up with TentBox for a fantastic competition where you could win a TentBox Lite. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this brilliant prize is answer the following question correctly: Who are the founders of TentBox? Email your answer, marked TentBox competition, to: c omp e t it i ons @ r af ne w s . c o. u k or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by August 13. ■ Go to:; Instagram: @tentbox and see the community page on Facebook at: groups/tentboxcommunity to find out more about TentBox products and the growing TentBox community.

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VW Passat GTE Advance PHEV


Motorway cruiser takes some beating, just ask that Ferrari driver

Passat’s what I’m talking about… THE VOLKSWAGEN Passat is not just a car, it’s a motoring icon. It’s more common on the motorway than a Ford Mondeo and it’s been around for a lot longer. My father had one as a company car when I was three and, as you can tell from my byline photograph, I’m no longer 18. It’s been the bedrock of company transport and the bastion of the family man (or woman) since Hadrian decided that it might be a jolly good idea to build a wall. I was once passed on the M40 by a Ferrari, that in turn was overtaken rapidly by a Passat sporting hire car stickers. It must have been doing over 120mph. Granted, the red stallion wasn’t really trying but two weeks later, when I next had a Passat on test, the crew named it Gunther the Ferrari slayer. Epic history, lots of stories, super important motoring icon, you get the idea. So the Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version is a big deal because, not only is it the greenest Passat ever, it’s also one of the fastest.

the massive estate is easy to park short bursts of overtaking. In the because the back window is real world we found the car could effectively the back of the car. If manage around 26 miles on a single that’s not enough, there are parking charge before kicking in the 1.4 litre sensors all round and this model turbo-charged petrol engine. will even park itself in a variety of That’s enough for an average is the unique ‘C’ signature front space types. Just select which you daily commute. Those miles are LED daytime running lights and want, let go of the wheel and follow beautifully serene too and when the charging socket flap on the front the on-screen instructions. KITT the engine does kick in it’s a subtle grille. Otherwise all the clever will do the rest. transition that you hardly notice. changes are hidden The dashboard is clean The biggest tell is the onscreen under the surface. For and stylish. Buttons are display that shows you the direction example, the LED logically positioned of power delivery. matrix headlights and simple to operate. In some senses it’s like a giant now consist of Materials are high game console because you can 12 separate LED quality and nice to select five driving modes besides lights that perform the touch, with stylish the usual EV, and Hybrid settings. the indicator and flashes of chrome You get Eco, Comfort, Normal, Dynamic curve finish to complete the Sport and Individual, each of which lighting. upmarket feel. sets the suspension, steering and The ‘IQ Light’ Besides the fastpower mapping up differently. em st sy av n t beam adapts SPEC: Clear sa responding 8.0in On the motorway the Passat is automatically to centre tablet display, the one of the quietest executive cars give the best possible light field Advance model comes with a on the market and the GTE is without dazzling other road users 10.3in digital instrument binnacle quieter still. and includes functions for city, that shows the usual clocks, Only a tiny amount of wind/road motorway, poor weather and navigation instructions and a range noise makes it into the cabin and sign glare reduction. The effect of other displays that you can toggle with steering assist/adaptive cruise is brilliant and there’s no more through. This model therefore feels control engaged it practically drives dashing to find the dip-beam. more upmarket than most rivals, itself. Long journeys are immensely although Volvo’s V60 PHEV just relaxing. Exterior Interior pips it. On winding B roads it’s It’s a Passat… do I The Passat is up there composed and relatively need to say more? It’s with the class best when On the road firm through the instantly recognisable it comes to interior 0-62mph takes 7.6 corners so it holds from every angle, space and driving seconds thanks to the road well despite featuring several position. The Germans a combined petrol/ the extra weight of nods to previous design cars well for electric output of the battery. There’s incarnations. This the Autobahn and that 218bhp. Flat out, in even a reasonable model however is the Passat’s natural GTE mode, it will amount of feedback has been sharpened habitat. The leather seats reach 140mph but it through the steering slightly, with crisp are comfortable and can also reach a healthy wheel. es od m ey e Monterr chrome window supportive all round 81mph on electric CHOICE: Five driv Lets face it, it’s a RIMS: 18in edging and 18-inch while rear seat passengers where legal. Granted big estate not a sports car but ‘Monterrey’ alloy wheels. The most enjoy masses of legroom. Front it will sap your battery range it is what I would term ‘expeditive’. noticeable difference with the GTE visibility is excellent and even pretty quickly but it’s useful for It does not hang about.

TIM MORRIS Motoring Correspondent


Verdict Pros Solidly built Quieter than most rivals Spacious interior and cavernous boot Park in those special EV spaces for a quick top-up Congestion Charge exempt Qualifies for the government’s ‘Plug-in’ car grant Cons Expensive compared to regular Passat models Rivals have longer pure electric range Little to distinguish it from the crowd Verdict The VW Passat GTE Advance features an impressive hybrid system but it’s not the best in terms of range. At £39,230, after the government EV grant, it’s pricey compared to other top spec Passats. On the motorway petrol and diesel versions return similar economy and that’s where the Passat is still king. The GTE Advance is however very well equipped, silent in EV mode and serene on a long run. Programme the sat nav and the car will even work out where it’s most efficient to switch to EV for you, it’s seamless, rapid genius. We liked Green Gunther the Ferrari Slayer.

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Brave fightback but Army take honours at Vine Lane 50 Over Inter-Services RAF Vine Lane THE 2021 Senior Men’s 50 over Inter-Services kicked off with the Royal Air Force taking on the Royal Navy at Vine Lane, with the ground still saturated after heavy overnight rain. RAF skipper SAC(T) Tom Shorthouse won the toss and elected to bowl first. The RAF bowlers hit their straps from the start as SAC(T) Jon Hawk and Cpl Sam Bloor bowled beautifully in tandem, finding extreme movement with the ball. Both openers took two wickets a piece in their opening spells as the Navy were reduced to 23-4, which soon became 27-5 when Sgt Keiran Pearce entered the attack and beat the inside edge of the Navy’s number 3, clattering into the stumps. The RAF’s success was halted somewhat by the introduction of Lt Cdr Jonathan Parker, who batted with real poise and determination which allowed the Navy to scrape to a total of 135 all out from 48.3 overs. Though the seamers ripped through the heart of the Navy batting order, the RAF’s spinners also put in a fine performance with SAC(T) Shorthouse, Sgt Ash Watson and Flt Lt Avish Patel all chipping in with important wickets throughout. In response, the RAF got off to a poor start as Cpl Adam Sutcliffe was adjudged LBW in just the second over, which buoyed the Navy side who smelt blood on a pitch which remained helpful to the bowlers. This optimism was short lived, however, as Flt Lt Adam Fisher entered the fray and blunted the early onslaught from the Navy openers. When Cpl Ross Diver fell for 24 in the 12th over, skipper Shorthouse strode to the crease to join Fisher; a partnership which would prove pivotal. When Shorthouse was caught at gully on a no ball from Navy skipper Lt Rob Wigley, the RAF never looked back and knocked the Navy’s modest target off with more than 19 overs remaining. The partnership was worth 87 and was a superb display of batting under


BATTLERS: RAF cricketers

strong pressure from the bowling team. With the Navy inflicting a shock defeat on the Army on the second day of the Inter-Services, the RAF just needed to avoid heavy defeat in the tournament’s final game to lift the trophy.

Shorthouse’s men were put into bat by the Army, who were looking to exploit early movement from the pitch. The decision was vindicated early as the Army openers blew away the RAF top order, with Sutcliffe, Diver and Shorthouse all out without troubling the scorers, leaving the RAF 4-3. When Flt


Lt Tom Berzins and SAC Sam Beales both fell LBW for 1 soon after, the RAF were reeling at 23-5 and staring down the barrel at an embarrassing defeat. Fisher was joined at the crease by Norfolk CCC captain Sgt Ash Watson and the pair set about rebuilding the innings after the disastrous start. Together, they saw off the new ball

and negotiated the Army’s spin heavy attack with relative ease to build the RAF up to a total which looked more respectable. When Fisher fell for 58 with the score at 124-6, it was left to Cpl Sam Bloor and Watson to accelerate the innings and push the RAF towards a score of 200. The pair put on the RAF’s highest ever 8th wicket partnership of 74, which allowed the Air Force to scrape to 201-9 from 50 overs – a superb effort after the poor start. Under the rules of the InterServices, the Army needed to win the game within 36 overs in order to climb above the RAF on Net Run Rate (NRR) and secure the competition trophy. Their openers started their innings with belligerence and strong intent as Cpl Varun Bali took 15 runs from the first over, including three boundaries. A wicket from SAC Jon Hawk broke the opening partnership, but Pte Tade Carmichael and Bali continued their assault on the RAF bowlers as they reached 91/1 within 11 overs. The introduction of Ash Watson’s spin saw the dismissal of Carmichael, but Bali was undeterred as he reached his 50 from just 40 balls. Watson was joined in the attack by Patel, who dismissed the dangerous Bdr Wiseman sparking a collapse in the Army’s middle order. Patel then dismissed 3 more of the Army’s lower order, sending the Army from a comfortable 160-4 to an unnerving 189-8. Unfortunately for the RAF, Army skipper Sgt Jay Boynton rallied the tail to allow the Army to complete the victory with 5 balls remaining on NRR. Skipper Shorthouse told RAF News: “I’m delighted with the fightback from the lads, but sometimes there’s not much you can do when an opposition player comes out and plays as well as Bali did.” The RAF now continue their T20 season, which culminates in the IST20 at Arundel Castle on September 10.

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SAC Pritchard Bosses it

She's the top rider in front of Her Majesty


RAF Equitation Royal Windsor Horse Show RAF RIDERS finished among the top places in the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show, in front of Her Majesty The Queen. Three teams competed in the Services event, against the Army, Navy, Police and Cadet Forces. The RAF Team A of Sqn Ldr Sam Martin (Air Command), Sqn Ldr Caitlin Wroe (RAF Valley) and SAC Amy Pritchard (RAF Brize Norton) flew round to complete on a score of only 4 faults for their first round, putting them high on the leader board. Cruise Hero, the ride of Sqn Ldr Martin, was making his 7th appearance at the show. Next up was the RAF Team B of FS Keeley Martin (RAF Halton), FS Kathy Froom (MOD Corsham) and Flt Lt Michelle Randall (RAFC Cranwell).They also finished on a score of just 4 faults. The RAF Team C had two RWHS debutants in Flt Lt Nat Morrell (RAF Scampton) and SAC Rebecca Champion (RAF Marham). The third team member, Flt Lt Tamsin Jessup, only made her first appearance in 2019. The rookies completed their first round on 12 faults and just missed out on qualifying. Team A & B were invited back to jump off in round 2, and with one Army team completing their first round on 0 faults it was all to play for. SAC Pritchard was selected to jump off with her super-fast and consistent horse, Identity II. The

selected rider in Team B was Flt Lt Randall with her horse Laighlands Lora Falls, who has the ability to turn on a sixpence. In front of HM The Queen, both had clear rounds. This put the Army under pressure to perform and their riders also finished on 0 faults, pushing the RAF into 2nd and 3rd spot because of their first round faults. The award for best individual rider went to SAC Pritchard – who

was also the top under-25 rider. She told RAF News: “It is an absolute honour to get to ride in front of the Big Boss, I’m looking forward to many more experiences like this. Thank you to everyone involved in the organising and to my Mum for all the hours of driving.” Rookie RWHS rider Flt Lt Nat Morrell said: “I had been to the show twice before as a groom but never as a rider, it was an absolute

privilege and honour to ride in the main arena as a competitor and then to parade in front of The Queen. “I was a bit nervous going in to jump because my horse has been on rehab for five months following an injury and this was only his second time off the yard, but he pulled it out of the bag for a fast clear round and was then foot perfect parading in front of ‘The Boss’ to round off a brilliant day.”

TOP RIDER: SAC Amy Pritchard

RAF Vets raise their game BY GEORGE: (l-r) Matt Beattie (RAF FA Veterans Representative Team Manager), FS Scott Taylor (RAF FA Veterans Club Captain) and Sam Wheeler (RAF FA Football Development Manager) giving the FA Charter Status certificate to WO Steve Pugh (RAF FA Veterans Charter Status Co-ordinator) and WO Geoff Hancocks (RAF FA Veterans Ambassador) at St George's Park

THE RAF FA Vets have scored a winner by upgrading their FA accreditation. Formed for those aged over 35 – both serving and former personnel – the team has now been awarded prestigious Charter Standard by the Football association. This recognises high standards in coaching, the availability of first aiders, policies being in place for safeguarding and the observance

of the code of conduct and equality procedures. RAF FA Vets football development manager Sam Wheeler told RAF News: “We are proud to achieve the FA Charter Standard status. This shows to all communities that we provide safe, fun and inclusive football for our players, volunteers and supporters.” The teams season normally runs from August to May and they play

their matches all over the country, including at the prestigious St George’s Park (England’s training facility), as well as the TNS ground in Oswestry. They have also played at other venues including Liverpool FC Academy, Oxford City FC, Forres Mechanics FC and Royal Wootton Bassett FC. ■ See royalairforcefaveterans. com for more details.

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Pairing are lapping it up Lewis Rollo impresses at home track RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki BSB & Superstock, Knockhill THERE WERE top six finishes for both Ryan Vickers and Lewis Rollo at Knockhill in Scotland. The RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki riders impressed with strong rounds in their respective competitions. In the British Superbike championship Vickers (below) was on the pace from the word go after recording the 12th fastest time in practice and advancing straight into the second part of qualifying. He started the first race from the head of the third row and consistent laps earned him seventh place, just six seconds behind race winner Christian Iddon. Starting the second race from sixth, the 22-year-old was pushed back to 10th in the early laps but regrouped to take a brilliant sixth place. It was back to a third-row start for the final race of the weekend, and it was another hectic affair. When it had to be stopped early, Ryan was awarded ninth place, just four seconds adrift of race winner Danny Buchan. With a good haul of points over the course of the weekend, Ryan now occupies the same position in the championship standings. He told RAF News: “It’s not the easiest track on a Superbike but my times were as quick as anyone’s and had it not been for a couple of average starts, the results could have been even better.” Teammate Lewis Rollo also had a busy weekend with two 25-lap races in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship. Competing at his local circuit, the East Lothian rider qualified

ON THE PACE: Vickers (No. No. 7 and inset) in the British Superbike championship round at Knockhill, Scotland

in 12th place for the opening encounter, where a good start saw him move up to sixth on the opening lap. This became fourth by lap 10 and having briefly moved up to third it looked as if fourth would be the outcome, but on the final lap both Tom and Tim Neave moved ahead of him at the final corner, which meant he had to settle for sixth at the chequered flag. The strong ride saw him start the second race from the front row and he ran in a podium place for the first half of the race before an ambitious move at the hairpin by eventual winner Fraser Rogers saw him pushed back to fifth. It looked like this would be the end result but with Tim Neave crashing out on the final lap, Lewis took an excellent fourth – less than two seconds off the race winner. He stands at sixth in the championship after this round. Rollo said: “It was disappointing to miss out on a podium at my local track but it’s a really tough class this season. “The aim is to keep the momentum going into the next round and get into the top three.”

ROLLO: Local circuit for new signing (No. 8 and inset left)


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We're quietly confident Calm approach pays off for pair at number 1 peg

RESULT 1st – FS Ian Coleman & CT Matt Whittaker, 4 fish, 109lb 11oz 2nd – Cpl Liam Rawcliffe & Cpl Michael Keightley, 2 fish, 78lb 3rd – FS Reg Verney & Sgt Glenn Beardsall, 2 fish, 48lb 2oz

RAF Pairs Baden Hall, Quarry Lake, Staffs. THE SECOND pairs match of the year saw the team return to the Baden Hall Fishery targeting the main specimen lake, the Quarry, with carp up to 50lb swimming beneath the crystal-clear water. Rather than just rush at things, in peg 1 FS Ian Coleman and CT Matt Whittaker elected not to cast in to the water at all for the first few hours of the match gambling that the disturbance from others around the lake would send the fish into the quiet unpressured sanctuary of the bay, where they waited. Despite coming out last in the draw for pegs, Cpl Liam Rawcliffe and Cpl Michael Keightley, in peg 2, took an early lead with Rawcliffe landing a stunning 36lb 6oz common carp – a new PB. Entering the evening FS Coleman and CT Whittaker decided the time for waiting was over and discretely deployed rigs into the water hoping that their quiet tactic would pay off – and it did. Just 15 minutes later Coleman was slipping the net under a 24lb 2oz common to move straight in to second place. Barely an hour later the same rod was bent over and a 23lb 1oz mirror was

NO. 1: FS Coleman (left) & CT Whittaker

being held up for the camera as they stormed into the lead. As the light faded Flt Lt James Cooper in peg 7 landed a 24lb common to move himself and partner Fg Off Martyn Woodcock into 3rd place. With four fish out in the first 12 hours many went to bed dreaming that they would be

Hooked on angling NEW ANGLERS are hooked on the sport after a RAF Carp Team development session at J12 lake, Reading. Old hands were paired off with rookies to give the less experienced ones some muchneeded advice and guidance. Cpl Liam Rawcliffe was the first to land a fish, a 32lb mirror carp gracing the net at 02:30, with team captain CT Matt Whittaker happy to do the honours with the camera. The next morning Rawcliffe found himself hooked in to his second fish, a very angry 16lb mirror carp that tried all the tricks in the book to avoid a meeting with the camera, however after a bit

of perseverance it was soon in the net and having its photo taken in the Berkshire sunlight. Sgt Si Robinson, paired with the experienced Sgt Glenn Beardsall, was called in to action to net a fine 27lb carp – a new PB for the happy angler. Another PB was set when newbie SAC(T) Poppy Robinson caught a 17lb mirror, using her new skills.

landing one of the larger fish swimming in the depths. The morning scores update however showed only one fish was landed in the hours of darkness, in peg 1 FS Coleman continued his fine form landing his 3rd and biggest fish so far, a 32lb common.

As the morning progressed FS Coleman and CT Whittaker put more pressure on the field as they extended their lead further, a 30lb 8oz mirror the next to be landed on Coleman’s rods. With a lead of 73lb over second place it was going to take something special for the other 10 pairs to catch the pace setters on what is a renowned tricky venue. An hour later something special did arrive, with Cpl Michael Keightley in peg 2 slipping the net chord under a 41lb 10oz mirror carp – a new PB for him. From the despair of last in the draw the pairing had now both registered PBs. As the second day progressed a 27lb 4oz common landed by FS Verney put the pairing in peg 12 narrowly into 3rd place before a 20lb 14oz common for Sgt Beardsall cemented their position and put them within catching distance of 2nd. Going into the final night it was still anyone’s, but as the sun rose to reveal dry landing nets and the last hours ticked away no more fish were caught. The clever tactic of resting the swim had paid off for FS Coleman and CT Whittaker as the hooter sounded for the end of the match to give them a fine victory.

NEW SKILLS: SAC(T) Poppy Robinson learns from CT Matt Whittaker. Left, with her 17lb catch

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James Morrison Greatest Hits tour


EXT YEAR will see James Morrison tour the UK for the first time in two-and-a-half years when he hits the road with his first Greatest Hits tour. Featuring his five Top 10s (You Give Me Something, Wonderful World, You Make It Real, Broken Strings and I Won’t Let You Go) together with a selection of fan favourites, the tour represents the celebration of a career that has spanned 15 years. The 22-date tour includes a London show at the Palladium. Morrison (pictured) said: “It’s been way too long since I saw you all and I’m so excited to announce these special shows. “Playing live is something I have really missed in the past year and

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HE LONGEST-SERVING cast member of BBC soap EastEnders, Adam Woodyatt has starred as Ian Beale since the show started in 1985. Now he’s taking a break from it and returning to the stage for the first time since 1982 when, as a 13-year-old, he appeared at the National Theatre in Tom Stoppard’s On the Razzle. Woodyatt heads the cast of the stage adaptation of bestselling novelist Peter James’ gripping thriller Looking Good Dead, that features his popular Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. No good deed goes unpunished…. hours after picking up a USB memory stick, left behind on a train seat, Tom Bryce (Woodyatt) inadvertently becomes a witness to a vicious murder. Reporting the crime to the police has disastrous consequences, placing him and his family in grave danger. When DS Grace (Harry Long) becomes involved, he has his own demons to contend with while he tries to crack the case in time to save the Bryce family’s lives. Gaynor Faye (The The Syndicate, Emmerdale)) also stars in the touring production that’s at Milton Keynes Theatre from August 17-21 and can be seen at venues in Woking and Brighton in the autumn, and in Glasgow, Richmond and Birmingham in January and February 2022. Woodyatt said: “What has really appealed to me about being part of Looking Good Dead is getting that live reaction. EastEnders


TV HIT: Sky Atlantic's Das Boot


has had massive responses when we have done live episodes. I loved that feeling of immediacy and knowing that what happens in this moment is what the audience will see there and then. I love that buzz. “I’ve done pantomimes over the years which are always a favourite thing for me to do, so the prospect of a theatre tour is really exciting. I spoke to

the producers a couple of years ago about being part of something and I’m so glad that Looking Good Dead has worked out timing wise.” He politely rebuffed the suggestion that, as Walford’s Beale, he has become a national treasure. “That is a very nice thing to say, but I have never seen myself as a legendary character or anything like that,” he said. “I have always seen myself as just someone doing a job. It is how everyone else has perceived the character that has given Ian that kind of status. I’ve just been a guy going to work for 36 years and I have been lucky that my work is at a TV studio.” He added: “I started my career in Oliver! in the West End in the

1980s. So, the first thing I did was a musical where I played one of the kids and I also got to play a posh boy – just because I fitted the costume. I was 11 or 12 at the time. “I think theatre is important on so many levels. Not only is it a place to entertain and share stories with audiences, it’s also people’s jobs and livelihoods. It is not just the people on the stage, it is everyone working behind the scenes, building the sets and costumes, the people designing and printing the programmes, the food and drinks businesses around the theatre. One theatre can spark so many other industries around it. It is vital that theatre comes back.” ■ Go to: for venue and ticket details.

HE SECOND season of hit German TV show Das Boot, first shown on Sky Atlantic, is now out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download from Dazzler Media. Set in 1942, the criticallyacclaimed series features three tension-fuelled storylines with intensive character studies, exploring how the human soul can become twisted by war. U-boat ace von Reinhartz (Clemens Schick) is chased across the Atlantic after his loyalty is questioned. Klaus Hoffmann (Rick Okon) finds shelter with Samuel Greenwood (Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser) in New York, but is desperate to get home. In La Rochelle, Margot (Fleur Geffrier) battles to save a Jewish family as Hagen Forster (Game of Thrones’ Tom Wlaschiha) closes in. Like the classic 1981 film, the TV series is based on the book Das Boot by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim. The show is a sequel to events from the film, set nine months later. We have copies on DVD to add to your collection. For your chance to win one send us the correct answer to this question: Who plays main character Hagen Forster in the TV series of Das Boot? Email your answer, marked Das Boot DVD competition, to: or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by August 13.

Morrison in Greatest Hits tour seeing as it’s been nearly 15 years since I started, many of my songs over time have taken on a new life of their own: new emotions, new meanings and new feels in the way my band has played them. “I’ve also become a better singer and inhabit the songs in a different way now. I wanted to reflect all of that on this Greatest Hits tour. “I am buzzing to be back in a room with all my fans sharing my best songs. I can’t wait to see you all, it’s going to be amazing.” This month sees the 15th anniversary of the release of Morrison’s debut album Undiscovered. It debuted with two weeks at No 1 in 2006 and the following year the singersongwriter and guitarist won the

BRIT Award for best British male solo artist. Throughout the course of his career, Morrison has collaborated with high-profile names including Gary Barlow, Nelly Furtado, Joss Stone and OneRepublic. He recently joined his musical hero Paul Weller, accompanied by Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, for a Live From The Barbican show, broadcast on Radio 2, 6 Music and BBC Two. Weller chose their collaboration to be the lead single from his upcoming album An Orchestrated Songbook, which documents the performance and will be released on December 3. ■ Go to: for tour details.

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Life in Colour with David Attenborough (E) Dazzler Media, on Blu-ray, DVD & download

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Our colourful world

UEEN DRUMMER Roger Q Taylor has announced that he will play a UK solo tour this

autumn, introducing new material and revisiting some of the group’s classics. With the pandemic putting Queen + Adam Lambert’s UK and European tour on pause until 2022, Taylor has decided to hit the road for a set of intimate shows later this year. Marking his first live performances outside Queen in more than two decades, he will tour the UK in October, playing 14 shows that will coincide with the release of his latest solo album, Outsider, on October 1. The songwriter of many of Queen’s biggest hits including A Kind of Magic, Radio Ga Ga, I’m In Love With My Car, Sheer Heart Attack and These Are the Days of Our Lives, Taylor promises his solo tour will feature new songs written in lockdown that are included on Outsider. He said: “For some time now, we’ve all just been trying to get by.


Now, it’s back to the basics, myself and some great musical pals getting back out there to play some rock. Obviously, we’ll include some of the Queen classic catalogue, and some of my earlier solo work, but we’ll also be introducing audiences to some of the new stuff.” Taylor’s 2021 tour will open at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on October 2 and conclude at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 22. The rock legend – and dad of The Darkness drummer Rufus ‘Tiger’ Taylor – will perform with a specially assembled band for the tour made up of Queen + Adam Lambert’s keyboardist Spike

Edney and supporting drummer Tyler Warren, plus guitarist Jason Falloon and Goldfrapp live players keyboardist Angie Pollock and bassist Charlie Jones. Outsider is Taylor’s first album of new material since 2013’s Fun On Earth. Talking about recording the album after isolation, he said: “I’ve had a bit of a creative spurt and suddenly found myself with an album, which was lovely. It was a surprise. “I just found myself in the studio and the songs came out one after the other. It was a pleasure really.” ■ Go to: shop/emi/com/ rogertaylor for more information.

N LIFE In Colour With David Attenborough the ever-popular naturalist and broadcaster travels from the rainforests of Costa Rica to the snowy Scottish Highlands to reveal extraordinary ways that animals use colour. The peacock’s magnificent tail evolved to impress the peahens, while the poison dart frog’s bright colours warn of its deadly toxin, and the Bengal tiger’s orangeblack stripes help it to hide from its prey in a surprising way. New camera technologies – some developed especially for this series – allow the viewer to see colours usually invisible to a human’s eyes. From the UV signals on a butterfly’s wings and facial markings on a damselfish, to the strange polarisation patterns on a mantis shrimp, Attenborough reveals a hidden world of colour like never before. We have copies of this magnificent series on DVD up for grabs.


FULL COLOUR: Attenborough and macaws

To be in with a chance of winning one, simply send us the correct answer to the following question: Who was Sir David Attenborough’s famous brother? Email your answer, marked Life in Colour DVD competition, to: or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by August 13.

Dragon Dan's pain at losing sister-in-law G

RAMMY-WINNING, multiPlatinum band Imagine Dragons’ fifth studio album Mercury-Act 1 is set for release on September 3. The single Wrecked, out this month, has been described as ‘a powerful and raw outpouring about grief, loss, and moving forward.’ Lead singer Dan Reynolds wrote the song shortly after losing his sister-in-law, Alisha Durtschi Reynolds, to cancer. He said: “She was the brightest light. A beacon of joy and strength for everyone she met. Her sudden passing has shaken me in ways that I still am unable to express. I was with her and my brother when she passed, and it was the first time in my life that I had witnessed death in this way. It sealed

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Dial M for Murder UK tour

Affairs of the heart can be murder


IAL M for Murder resumes its UK tour dates this autumn with the X Factor songstress – now renowned for her acting roles – Diana Vickers joining the production alongside Tom Chambers, Christopher Harper and Michael Salami. The tour kicks off at Leicester’s Curve Theatre on August 31 and finishes at the Festival Theatre, Malvern on December 4. It includes dates at Shrewsbury, Liverpool, Bromley, Mold, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Milton Keynes, TV and stage favourite

Chambers (Top Hat, Strictly Come Dancing) stars as the charismatic and manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro who has given it all up for his wife Margot, played by Vickers. When he discovers she has been unfaithful his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’. Christopher Harper (Coronation Street, Strangers on a Train) performs in the dual roles of Captain Lesgate and Inspector Hubbard and Michael Salami (Hollyoaks) plays Max Halliday, Margot’s lover. ■ Go to: dialmformurderplay. com for venue and ticket details.

VICKERS: Plays cheating wife Margot

into my mind the fragility of life and finality of it all. “I’ve watched my brother face something that no one should have to. But I’ve also seen his faith bring him hope in a future with her. I can only hope for the same.” He added: “This song was my way of dealing with it all, as music has always been my refuge. No longer being a man of fervent faith, I can only hope that she hears it somewhere in a place where she is healed and no longer in pain. This song is my wish for an eternity with those that I love.” Mercury – Act 1 is the band’s first new music since their 2018 album Origins. ■ Go to: for details.

CHAMBERS: Stars as the spurned husband

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The Big Event Professor T

Frances and Ben's mum and son role

Tour de force


EN MILLER, Frances de la Tour, Emma Naomi and Barney White head the cast of ITV’s new, six-part crime drama Professor T, filmed on location in Belgium and Cambridge. Based on the hit Belgian series of the same name, Professor T is set against the backdrop of Cambridge University and centred around eccentric but brilliant criminology Professor Jasper Tempest, played by Miller (Bridgerton), who suffers from OCD and has a tortured past. De la Tour (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) stars as Jasper’s colourful but overbearing mother Adelaide. Naomi (The Trial of Christine Keeler) plays Detective Inspector Lisa Donckers, with rising star White as her police sidekick Dan Winters. Miller said: “Professor T has it all: intriguing murders, dreaming spires and a cast of unforgettable characters, each with their own fascinating secrets. He’s just so strange. I loved his eccentricity and I’ve always enjoyed those detective stories where the detective has a kind of special ability – the idea that someone is just so extraordinary and operates on a different level, so no-one else can quite figure out how they tick. “There’s something slightly dangerous, unknown and unpredictable about Professor T. You don’t know if you can completely trust him, but as the stories play out you see him behave in an honourable enough way to have a little bit of faith in him. There’s still a lingering doubt though, and that’s what makes him so interesting.” He added: “Sherlock Holmes is a paragon of virtue, but I’m not sure Professor T is. He’s so good at putting himself inside the head of a criminal and I think that’s what is slightly untrustworthy about him. “He can be very funny too – there’s a lot going on in the professor’s mind, but his expression doesn’t change a lot, half the time he’s like a tailor’s dummy. He doesn’t react emotionally to crimes.” Miller reflected on why we’re so interested in crime stories. ‘eccentric, extraordinary, impossible and also “All of us are fascinated by criminal very funny’. behaviour because we wonder to what She added: “Ultimately, she’s an extent we are a criminal ourselves,” he said. incredibly protective mother to Jasper “Sometimes people who murder don’t seem and it can be very moving, because you to be very different from us, they might seem can see that she adores him. pretty normal, and our capacity for harm is “Even though she’s very dominant, one of the things that we find so scary about I think they’re very dependent on each humanity. other because they share an awful past. “When I take my dog for a walk in the woods, It’s an impossible relationship though, I’m not worried about a badger chasing the dog, because they’re both so different and or a stag, it’s the human figure in the distance she treats him like he is eight years old. you’re unsure of, because we’re a dangerous They’re wonderful characters because species.” they’re both so extreme.” JASPER TEMPEST: De la Tour described her character as The Tony award-winning actor, Actor Ben Miller

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OOKING FOR some inspiration in the kitchen? Then who better to consult than celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriott and The Hairy Bikers, among others? The culinary TV stars have contributed to a new cookbook that celebrates the centenary of the Royal British Legion this year – and we have copies to win. Cooking With Heroes

(St James’s Publishing) is packed with mouthwatering recipes – 101 of them – for delicious dishes for starters, main courses and puddings. Proceeds from sales of the book go to the RBL and the fundraising target is £250,000. The handsome, 476page, large format hardback also includes recipes from serving military personnel.

ODD COUPLE: Adelaide & Prof T


whose career has encompassed TV sitcoms and dramas, major stage roles and films, has yet to play a detective herself. She said: “I’m happy to play any character that’s well written, be it a teacher or a grandmother wandering around a village. If a detective story came up that I thought was interesting I would do it. “There haven’t been many female-led detective series. There have been more and more in recent years and they’re very good, but I’m too old now. In reality nobody would employ a 75-year-old woman to run a detective agency, you have to recognise your limits when you get older. You could have a very interesting story about a woman who used to be a detective though…” ■ Professor T continues on ITV at 9pm on Sundays.

Win an RBL cookbook It was put together by a team including 47 RAF personnel and veterans, headed by retired Sqn Ldr Jon ‘JP’ Pullen, the man behind the RAF100 cookbook, that raised around £145,000 for Service charities. Each recipe is accompanied by the story of a local hero – a Serviceman or woman or civilian volunteer – written

by contributors including serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans and military charity staff. JP said: “By teaming up with members from across the Royal British Legion we identified a local hero or heroine to represent each region.” For your chance to win a copy, tell us: Which landmark birthday does the Royal

British Legion celebrate this year? Email your answer, marked: RBL Cookbook competition, to: competitions@rafnews. or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE to arrive by August 13. ■ See p10 for full story.


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Deaths BEDNALL Mike Wg Cdr, died June 21. Born in 1943, Mike was educated at the RAF Technical College Henlow and Bristol University, where he gained a degree in aeronautical engineering. Though Mike’s eyesight prevented him from flying, he was always fascinated by aircraft and engineering. After two tours of first and second line servicing at Flying Training Schools he returned to Cranwell to take the new aerosystems course Masters degree. His next post was at the Aircraft and Aerosystems Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down working on guided weapons and bomb release systems. After promotion to Sqn Ldr he was appointed as Command Specialist Armament Staff Officer at HQ RAFG.

Wg Cdr Mike Bednall At RAF Wittering he served as S Eng O on 1 Sqn operating Harrier GR 1 VSTOL aircraft. On a detachment to defend Belize from the hostile Guatemalan regime he arrived with the second wave of Harriers. After a full tour at Wittering, Mike was posted back to Boscombe Down for the programme to test the Tornado weapon release systems. He was promoted to Wg Cdr to lead development

of a new computer-based trajectory analysis system. Mike left the service after 38 years to continue his aerospace work in industry. He joined Normalair Garret in Yeovil as a project manager on their revolutionary on board oxygen generator system. He was appointed Defence Marketing Manager. The Eurofighter Typhoon was then in early development, and Mike set up several international teams to bid for different systems. He left to be Head of Marketing at DARA, the MOD’s depot maintenance operation, with responsibility for aircraft, engines and avionics. He later set up his own consultancy, working for the MOD, DTI, the Welsh government and several foreign companies wanting to bid for UK programmes. This he enjoyed greatly. He became a Fellow of the RAe Society and a supporter of the AFG. Mike was an expert in many aspects of aircraft and weapons system design and operation. He also invented many innovative solutions to broken household items, using recycled materials. I and many others will miss his humour and ‘can do’ approach. Sqn Ldr Mike Champion RAF (Ret’d).

Sadly passed away on June 29 aged 89. Loving husband to Jean and dad to Barrie, Diane, Julie and Roger. Grandad to Kerry, Jessica, Daniel, Joshua, Connor, Kara and great-grandad to Olivia and Owen, sister-inlaw Caroline and son-inlaws Roy and Keith. Dad, known for his character and personality, will be sorely missed by all. PARTRIDGE Steve Flt Lt (Ret’d) passed away at home, surrounded by family after a long fight against cancer, on June 23, aged 67. Steve joined the RAF in 1971 and retired after 40 years service before working for the MOD at Boscombe Down. During his service he flew Shackletons, Nimrods, and then Pumas for over 20 years. His stations included Lossiemouth, St Mawgan, Kinloss, Shawbury, Odiham, Aldergrove, Oman and Benson. He was also an active and key member of the Armed Forces Rally Team; he competed as both co-driver and driver before becoming the team manager. He will be greatly missed by his wife Anne, daughters Melanie and Lynne, grandchildren Scott, Lily, Kimberley and Paloma, as well as all members of his greater family.

JAMISON George Victor Lynas, Warrant Officer (Ret'd) Ex Master Air Electronics Operator (MAEP) served from October 1953-October 1987. Last posting RAF St Mawgan 42 Nimrod Squadron. Flt Lt Steve Partridge


WO George Jamison

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anyone who knew 1579140 LAC Wilfred Holbrook from Long Eaton, Derby and 1777072 LAC Norman Parker, RAF Regiment, of the Blakelaw area of Newcastle upon Tyne to make contact. Both were killed in action on June 11, 1946 at Medan Airfield, Sumatra by Sukarno terrorists. The purpose of the appeal is to convey to any surviving family members the knowledge that, following the death of their relatives, a full military funeral was arranged for these brave airmen, attended by our member and all conducted with full military honours and great respect. In full accord with the Data Protection Act 2018, any information can be forwarded in confidence to President Brian Vousden, RAFA Beccles and Southwold Area, email: lancaster457@ READER Alan Boniface is hoping to regain contact with his former RAF colleague Cpl Mac McCulloch. Alan, who now lives in New Zealand, served in Cyprus from 195657. Alan's RAF number was 2777576. He and Cpl McCulloch were both posted to the Middle East HQ at Episkopi of the Army, Navy and RAF. Mac was the cook at the base, and Alan's job was dealing with inward and outward mail. Please email Alan at: if you can help. SEEKING Teresa and Helen Barltrop, daughters of RAF Armourer Tony Barltrop and his wife Margaret. He and I served together at RAF Tengah, Singapore during the early 1960s and were very good friends. I was a single airman living in barracks and spent many weekends at your married quarter on the Sembawang Hills Estate. I have a number of colour and black and white photos of your parents and yourselves and would be happy to pass them on over the internet or copy and send by snail mail. Please contact Alan Mudge at: or call: 01760 337514.

Reunions THE British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association is holding their Annual Conference Reunion at the Telford Hotel & Golf Resort near Ironbridge on August 9-12, 2021, Covidpermitting. The reunion

includes a day trip to the Cold War Hangar at the RAF Museum, Cosford, for veterans to share stories of the nuclear tests, meet two RAF cloud flyers and visit the Vickers Valiant XD818 which dropped Short Granite at Operation Grapple, Christmas Island in 1957. The conference will feature an array of speakers including authors of books on the nuclear tests, scientific researchers and talks about veterans’ welfare. A gala dinner and entertainment will bring the event to a close. Please call: 0208 144 3080 or email: info@bntva. com for further information. DID you serve at RAF Changi or at HQFEAF Singapore? The RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF) founded May 1996 welcomes new members from all ranks, ex RAF/WRAF/WAAF and civilian personnel who served at RAF Changi (inc. HQFEAF ) during 1946-72. For more information please contact our Membership Secretary: Malcolm Flack on: 01494 728562 or email: MemSecChangi@outlook. com or visit: www.rafchangi. com for more details. SINGAPORE Armed Forces Reunion. Were you seconded from the RAF to the SAF at RAF Tengah between 1971-75? If so please contact Peter Priscott for a 50th anniversary reunion in August. Email: or call: 01842 878554. RAF Bawdsey Reunion Association. Having cancelled our 2020 reunion, we were planning the next reunion for June 5, 2021, but the continuing Covid-19 restrictions made it impossible to hold a successful reunion for our members, so the June 5 event was cancelled. A consensus showed that members were not in favour of a reunion in September 2021, therefore we have provisionally planned the next reunion for Saturday, May 21, 2022, before The Queen’s

Jubilee celebrations and the extended public holidays in early June, and we look forward to seeing our friends again then. In the meantime we wish you all a safe and healthy time as the roadmap out of lockdown progresses. If you have any queries please email: doreen. bawdseyreunion@btinternet. com or call: 07513 301723.

RAFAA Association IF you trained as an RAF Administrative Apprentice (or perhaps you are related to an ex-RAF Administrative Apprentice) we would be delighted to welcome you to the RAFAAA. Our aim is to promote friendship and general wellbeing among our veterans, via social gatherings and assorted activities, as devised by an elected committee, and a regular newsletter. Check our website for details: or, alternatively, contact the Membership Secretary on: 07866 085834 or Chairman on: 01933 443673. We know you are out there and we want to hear from you.

Sports discounts TO celebrate the Tokyo Olympics UK Armed Forces members, their partners and veterans can secure up to 40 per cent off a range of sports goods and experiences including Sky TV, Foot Locker, Reebok and Panasonic*, thanks to Defence Discount Service, the official MOD discount service. Its members can access discounts free online through the Defence Discount Service website. A Defence Privilege Card can be bought for £4.99 for access to discounts on the High Street in stores, restaurants and venues and is valid for five years. To register or to find out more visit: defencediscountservice. *All discounts correct at the time of publishing. Refer to the website for all up-to-date discounts.

216 Sqn memorial appeal TWO-SIXTEEN Squadron Association has launched a £55,000 appeal to create a memorial to all who served with Two Sixteen, and who continue to serve. The memorial will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum on April 2, 2022. Refreshments will be served immediately after the dedication and a formal Service dinner will be held in the evening. More details can be found on the 216 Squadron Association website: or contact Dave Maloney:

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Charity concerts return THE ROYAL Air Force bands resume their charity concerts at the Corn Exchange King’s Lynn (October 3), Palace Theatre Newark (October 9) and King’s Church Amersham (October 21). The Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust promotes concerts by the Band of the RAF College, from RAF Cranwell, and the Central Band of the RAF and the RAF Regiment Band from Northolt. The Trust was founded in 2004 by former RAF Cranwell musician Malcolm Goodman and managed with the support of two other retired RAF musicians from Sleaford. Malcolm said: “During the last 16 months social distancing has prevented all live concerts, resulting in the charity also losing all its income. “Fortunately, as the charity has no paid staff and is run on an entirely voluntary basis from its home office in Newark, despite this lack of funding, it survives, and has

MUSIC MAN: RAF Music Charitable Trust founder Malcolm Goodman

simply been waiting for the opportunity to resume live music events once again. “Covid-19 has been a terrible time for so many people and in our case the lack of live music has stopped all our fundraising. “However, throughout the various lockdowns we continued to plan and then cancel more concerts to ensure we would be ready to resume our activities immediately social distancing restrictions were

lifted. July 19 represented the ‘starting pistol’ for our concerts to return with a renewed confidence for the future. “I know all RAF musicians are desperate to get back on the concert stage again, so I’m pleased that after so many months of silence we can now bring live music back for all to enjoy.” Q For further details go to the charity’s website at:

Adopt a museum artefact THE FIGHTER FUND Card of Honour (above) is just one of the artefacts that you can now adopt to help raise money for the RAF Museum after one of its toughest years. ‘Adopt an Artefact’ highlights a selection of iconic and unusual objects from the museum’s collection which span more than a century of aviation and RAF history.

“The card is an example of the many Fighter Funds established in 1940 to raise the £5,000 required to buy an RAF fighter aircraft, which was then named after an individual, business, town or city,” a museum spokesperson explained. Q Go to: for more information.

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R'n'R Prize Crossword

Prize Su Doku

No. 297

No. 307

Solve the crossword, then rearrange the seven letters in yellow squares to find an aircraft

Across 1. Basil has the girl’s bonnet, at first (4) 8. Green traveller? (10) 9. Tam gnaws wildly in station (2.6) 10. Roman bishop at Italian river outside Piemonte (4) 12. And 14 Across. Type of missile hits golfing obstacle, Keaton (6,6) 14. See 12 Across 15. Small pieces of glasses, we hear (6) 17. Pointless clue: van turns into plane (6) 18. Night-fliers return attack (4) 19. He has right cryptic clues for plane (8) 21. Bellows musical (10) 22. Be mindful of small headache, Edward (4) Down 2. It helps to hear organ and brass instrument (3-7) 3. Wager a second letter will appear (4) 4. Old man chooses fish, upsetting Reg (6) 5. Consort initially hates older brother navigating our boat (6) 6. Offer to form union (8) 7. George or Andrew have the ancient swelling (4) 11. Date Pierre designed property (4-1-5) 13. Relax…or retaliate (4,4) 16. Ball present after opening spell (6) 17. Heartless Miniver plagued by rats (6) 18. Split second before opening the order (4) 20. Posh bowler returns in some state (4) Name ................................................................................................................... Address ............................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................. Aircraft: ........................................................................... Crossword No. 297

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. Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Su Doku' 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 August 13, 2021.

Across – 7. Aviary 8. Vulcan 10. Warfare 11. Cyber 12. Suit 13. Agree 17. Keith 18. Park 22. Reels 23. Inquest 24. Flying 25. Bazaar Down – 1. Mae West 2. Air Raid 3. Bread 4. Butcher 5. Scabs 6. Entry 9. Wedgetail 14. Peasant 15. Paveway 16. Skaters 19. Craft 20. Pepys 21. Equal RAF word – Tempest


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MOUNTAINEERING FIRST: A scene from K2 The Impossible Descent

HE BANFF Mountain Film Festival world tour is back for 2021, bringing the latest action and adventure films to venues around the UK this autumn. Returning as a live theatre tour, the festival features two different collections of inspirational offerings from the world’s top adventure filmmakers, with extreme expeditions, fearless characters and astounding cinematography from the wildest corners of the planet. “We can’t wait to get these epic

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adventure films back where they belong – up on the big screen,” said tour director Nell Teasdale. “With mind-blowing stories of human endeavour from rarely-seen parts of the world, Banff events have a thrilling atmosphere – and we guarantee audiences will leave inspired to have an adventure of their own.” The films are chosen from hundreds of entries into the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada and include a coveted


mountaineering first on K2, a raucous running expedition in Tajikistan and more. The tour starts on September 1 in Edinburgh and finishes on November 27 in Nottingham, with more than 80 shows in between. Each event features a free prize draw for exciting outdoorsy goodies from tour partners. There are two different film programmes to choose from – or you can go to both. ■ Go to: for more.

IRECTOR STEVEN Spielberg’s first full length movie, Duel, is now available as a 50th anniversary edition with all-new artwork by Graham Humphreys – described as England’s greatest living horror film artist. Spielberg was a fan of silent movies and created one of the most uniquely terrifying ‘characters’ in movie history: a massive, roaring 40-ton truck. He auditioned seven different trucks settling on a 1955 Peterbilt 281, because, it’s said, the front of the truck resembled a face. Dennis Weaver stars as travelling salesman David Mann, driving from California to meet a client. He’s waging a desperate battle for survival after he is singled out for destruction by a rusted truck that chases and terrorises him. Filming took about 11 days in which time Weaver drove more than 2,000 miles. Stunt coordinator Carey Loftin – designer of legendary car chase sequences in Vanishing Point, Bullitt and The French Connection – drove the truck. We have copies of the film on DVD and Blu-ray to win. For your chance to own one, tell us:

Who plays David Mann in Duel? Email your answer, marked Duel competition, to: competitions@ or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by August 13. Please remember to state whether you prefer to win a copy on DVD or Blu-ray. WE ALSO have a copy of the Complete Collection of The Incredible Hulk on DVD to win (rrp £99.99) containing all 80 episodes from all five seasons, the two original feature-length films and for the first time ever, the three later TV movies – The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and The Death of the Incredible Hulk. After being exposed to gamma radiation, mildmannered research scientist David Banner (Bill Bixby) finds extreme anger or stress transforms him into the terrifying and enraged Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, simply tell us: Who played the Hulk? Email your answer, marked Hulk competition, to the email or postal address above, to arrive by August 13.

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