RAF News 14 Jan 2022 Edition 1527

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Royal Air Force News Friday, January 14, 2022 P2

As he brought the drone down, she looked up at the camera”

I was told there was a full away kit somewhere, but when I looked it had gone away”

WO Ian Danks whose rescue dog Juno was saved by a search drone See page 9

Sgt Bobby McDowall struggles to equip new Police football sides at RAF Lossie See p26

It’s an iconic game and I used to enjoy playing it with my cousins when I was younger” Michelle Collins stars as Miss Scarlett in the stage version of Cluedo See RnR p4

Shawbury nets ATC upgrade ahead of UK Defence roll-out

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SHAWBURY IS to get a major Air Traffic Control upgrade under a £1.5 billion programme to improve safety and radar capabilities across UK Defence. The RAF’s helicopter training station will be the first to switch to the new digital system dubbed Marshall ahead of a planned roll-out across 60 sites in the UK, Cyprus, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands. The new kit designed by Aquila will deliver improved situational awareness with digital upgrades including touch screen communications, clearer radar pictures and improved flight information and positioning, a spokesman said. The air traffic system includes a £400 million investment in advanced surveillance radars and a wide range of sophisticated equipment such as tower systems, new surveillance and navigation aids and radios. Shawbury ATC officer Sqn Ldr Steve Leech said: “As the first unit

to transition to full operational been both a challenging and service, the last year has naturally exciting period of change. I am

proud of my team in turning it into an operational capability.”

This Week In History

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1951

North Korea mission

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ATC FIRST: Rotary training station Shawbury

1941

88 SQN Sunderland captain Flt Lt Houtheusen is awarded the DFC for landing his aircraft just 200 yards off the enemy-held harbour at Wonsan, North Korean, to rescue a US Navy pilot who had ditched.

Malta attacks WELLINGTON BOMBERS operating from Malta attack the Italian fleet at Naples after the first blitz by German dive bombers against the Mediterranean island begins.

1976

RAF Regiment combats IRA 2 SQN RAF Regt establishes a long-term presence at RAF Aldergrove to counter the growing threat from the IRA.

Extracts from The Royal Air Force Day By Day by Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork (The History Press)