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.… Read More

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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

The Estimate Process for Non-Combat Decision-Making

Introduction There are many of us in the RAF who have never heard of the Estimate and others who have heard of it but have not had any tuition in its use. As a result, it is often considered something of a ‘black art’ and strictly for the use of senior personnel who are involved… Read More

How Many Social Media Accounts Does the MOD Maintain?

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) (including the British Army,  Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy) operate a variety of social media accounts: As of September 2018, there were a total of 720 registered social media accounts: Facebook: 472. Twitter: 240. YouTube: 8. It is important to note that the above are in constant flux,… Read More