World War II Warbirds

A variety of World War II warbirds played a pivotal part in the allied war effort such as the Lancaster bomber and the P-51 Mustang fighter. Aircraft B-24 Bomber (US): Early models of the long range heavy bomber, known as the Liberator, were primarily used for transporting cargo and persons of special interest. Some of… Read More

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US Air Force Pilot Height Requirements: Getting a Waiver

As reported in Air Force Times on 02 December 2019, the US Air Force is re-examining its standard height requirements for becoming a pilot as it seeks to encourage more airmen to pursue aviation careers. The Air Force often grants height, or anthropometric, waivers to allow pilots to fly some aircraft – meaning those aspiring… Read More

Outlining the Challenge of Asymptomatic Coronary Artery Disease in Aircrew

Research Paper Title The challenge of asymptomatic coronary artery disease in aircrew; detecting plaque before the accident. Background Coronary events remain a major cause of sudden incapacitation, including death, in both the general population and among aviation personnel, and are an ongoing threat to flight safety and operations. The presentation is often unheralded, especially in… Read More

Where are the RAF’s Lightning II F-35’s Located & Their Cost?

As of 24 August 2018, the Royal Air Force (RAF) had 15 Lightning II F-35B aircraft in the following locations. Production No. Tail No. Location Squadron BK-01 ZM135 Edwards Air Force Base, USA 17 Squadron BK-02 ZM136 Edwards Air Force Base, USA 17 Squadron BK-03 ZM137 Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, USA Not yet… Read More

What is the A400M Team?

The A400M Project Team, part of the Air Support Operating Centre, is responsible for the delivery of the UK’s A400M Atlas transport aircraft to its RAF customer during the period 2014 to 2019. A400M is a collaborative programme involving the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Turkey and Belgium that is contracted through OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Co-operation en matiere… Read More

What is the Link between Horse Riding & RAF Pilots?

Did you know that the Royal Air Force (RAF) has a long tradition of equestrianism (aka horse riding)? Horse riding has its roots in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), the air arm of the British Army from 1912 to the First World War, when it merged with the Royal Naval Air Service on 01 April… Read More

Top 10 Air Forces by Active Fleet (2015)

Table 1 outlines the top 10 air forces by active fleet for 2015 (FlightGlobal, 2014, p.5). Table 1: Global Military Fleet Position Country Active Fleet Share 1 USA 13,902 27% 2 Russia 3,429 7% 3 China 2,860 6% 4 India 1,905 4% 5 Japan 1,612 3% 6 South Korea 1,412 3% 7 France 1,264 2%… Read More