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.… Read More

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Who was Robert Hampton Gray?

Introduction Robert Hampton “Hammy” Gray, VC, DSC, RCNVR (02 November 1917 to 09 August 1945) was a Canadian naval officer, pilot, and recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC) during World War II, one of only two members of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm to have been thus decorated in that war (The other was… Read More

What was the 1946 Rabat Vickers Wellington Crash?

Introduction The 1946 Rabat Vickers Wellington crash was a military aviation accident that occurred in Malta on 05 April 1946 when a Vickers Wellington bomber crashed during a training exercise in a residential area in Rabat. All four crew members on board the aircraft and 16 civilians on the ground were killed. The crash also… Read More

What are the Effects of Chronic Intermittent Exposure to High Altitude Environments on Military Personnel?

Research Paper Title The objective assessment of the effects on cognition functioning among military personnel exposed to hypobaric-hypoxia: A pilot fMRI study. Background To identify regions of the brain affected during cognitive working memory during tasks to assess attention, planning and decision making among military aviation personnel who have chronic intermittent exposure to high altitude… Read More

Exposure to Hypobaric-Hypoxia & Its Effect on Cognition Functioning

Research Paper Title The objective assessment of the effects on cognition functioning among military personnel exposed to hypobaric-hypoxia: A pilot fMRI study. Background To identify regions of the brain affected during cognitive working memory during tasks to assess attention, planning and decision making among military aviation personnel who have chronic intermittent exposure to high altitude… Read More

What is the Value of Spatial Disorientation Training for Military Pilots?

Research Paper Title Spatial Disorientation Survey Among Military Pilots. Background Spatial disorientation (SD) remains a significant cause of accidents and near accidents. A variety of training methods have been used to assist pilots to anticipate the SD problem. The value of such training in the prevention of disorientation has been difficult to assess. Methods To… Read More

Defining Normal Balance for US Army Aviators

Research Paper Title Defining Normal Balance for Army Aviators. Background One challenge clinicians face is determining when a military Service Member (SM) can return to duty after an injury that affects the postural control. The gold standard to measure postural control is the Sensory Organisation Test (SOT). This test measures the amount of sway present… Read More