The RAF’s First Ever Female Air Marshal

In February 2019, the Royal Air Force (RAF) announced it had appointed an engineer to become it first ever female Air Marshal, a three-star Commander (OF-8). Sue Gray has become the most senior female military officer in the British Armed Forces, taking up the role of Director General of the Defence Safety Authority (DSA). In… Read More

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RAF Commissioned Warrant Officers (CWO)

Within the Royal Air Force (RAF), warrant officers and master air crew commissioned under the Commissioned Warrant Officer (CWO) Scheme do not attend full officer training and are appointed in the rank of flight lieutenant with no additional seniority. All other serving personnel are appointed in the rank of flying officer with additional seniority determined… Read More

What was the Strength of the RAF from 1918 to 2018?

Attached is a pdf outlining the total number of personnel within the Royal Air Force (RAF) between 1918 and 2018. The total number of RAF personnel peeked in 1944 at just under 1.2 million. In 2018, the number of RAF personnel was roughly the same as in 1920. Reference FOI 2018/04338 dated 27 March 2018.

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 Content Validity of Level Two of the RAF Aircrew Conditioning Programme?

Introduction The prevalence of flight-related neck pain in all Royal Air Force (RAF) aircrew is 66% and 70% in UK fast-jet aircrew. The RAF Aircrew Conditioning Programme (ACP) has been designed to enhance pilot performance through reducing fatigue and strain injuries, particularly to the neck. Content validity of the ACP was assessed to determine the… Read More

What is the RAF Aircrew Conditioning Programme (ACP)?

What is the Aircrew Conditioning Programme? The Royal Air Force (RAF) Aircrew Conditioning Programme (ACP) was designed to enhance pilot performance through reducing fatigue and strain injuries to the spine. Why Was The ACP Introduced? The ACP was introduced as there was a need for a valid preventative exercise protocol for the above group. For… Read More

The RAF & MBA’s

Do you know that on 10 July 2018, 119 Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel held a Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification? This is based on personnel voluntarily uploading the MBA qualification to the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system – meaning the actual figure could be under-reported. MBA’s and Job Descriptions Whilst there are no… Read More