What is the Cost of Training RAF Pilots?

Introduction Below is an outline of the costs of training Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots in the UK Military Flying Training Service (UKMFTS). Outline The total cost of flying training for RAF pilots (which includes costs of the UKMFTS contract, and pay and support costs), prior to starting training on an operational aircraft, per trainee,… Read More


Where is the Longest RAF Runway?

RAF Brize Norton has the longest runway at 3,050 metres. RAF Cranwell has the most runways, with: Two hard surface runways; and Two grass strips. MOD Boscombe Down, which is a Tri-Service establishment, has: Three hard surface runways; Two grass strips; and The longest runway at 3,233 metres. Reference FOI 2017/6127 dated 12 July 2017.

What was the Green Ramp Disaster?

Introduction The Green Ramp disaster was a 1994 mid-air collision and subsequent ground collision at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. It killed twenty-four members of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division preparing for an airborne operation. It was the worst peacetime loss of life suffered by the division since the end of World… Read More

What is the Britannia Award?

The Britannia Award is part of the Chief of Naval Air Training’s annual Aviation Awards programme. It is given to the Navy or Marine Corps student aviator graduate of the strike pipeline who demonstrates the highest overall weapons score and performance in the advanced phase of strike training. The Britannia Award, established in 1956 by… Read More

2nd Maritime Air Wing Formally Commissioned

A new Fleet Air Arm unit with a nod to the birth of naval aviation will provide the helicopter pilots of the future. 2nd Maritime Air Wing has been formally commissioned at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire to oversee the training of Naval, RAF and Army Air Corps helicopter pilots – turning men and women with… Read More