Who was Geoffrey de Havilland?

Introduction Captain Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, OM, CBE, AFC, RDI, FRAeS (27 July 1882 to 21 May 1965) was an English aviation pioneer and aerospace engineer. His Mosquito has been considered the most versatile warplane ever built, and his Comet was the first jet airliner to go into production. Early Life Born at Magdala House,… Read More

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What is the Mountain Rescue Emergency Response Driver Course?

Aim of the Course The aim of the course is to train personnel to be competent and qualified RAF Mountain Rescue Response Vehicle Drivers. Facilitated by IDT(A). Entry Standards Phase 3 personnel currently serving with or ear-marked to serve with the RAF Mountain Rescue Service. Must hold a GB issued photocard driving licence with at… Read More

New Simulator Arrives for the RAF’s Submarine Guardians

A giant transporter has delivered the first simulator to train Britain’s future guardians of our nuclear deterrent. An Antonov AN-124 cargo aircraft touched down at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, bringing the first Operational Flight Trainer for our new fleet of maritime patrol aircraft. Two P8 Poseidons – Pride of Moray and City of Elgin – are… Read More

What was the Battle of Britain (1940)?

Introduction The Battle of Britain (German: die Luftschlacht um England, “the Air Battle for England”) was a military campaign of the Second World War, in which the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Fleet Air Arm (FAA) of the Royal Navy defended the United Kingdom (UK) against large-scale attacks by Nazi Germany’s air force, the Luftwaffe.… Read More

UK RAF Police Structure

The table below provides a breakdown of the Royal Air Force Police (RAFP) structure including number of posts and locations where units are based in the UK. Unit Number of Posts Locations Counter Intelligence and Security Squdron 86 RAF Honington, RAF Cranwell, and RAF Halton Specialist Investigations Branch 60 RAF Cranwell, RAF Halton, and RAF… Read More

What is the RAF Chinook Display Team?

1.0    Introduction This article provides an overview of the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Display Team. 2.0    What is the Purpose of the RAF Chinook Display Team? The Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook Display Team (CDT) displays (almost) every year throughout the season at a number of national air shows using commentary and air movements to… Read More

What is the RAF Rejoiners Scheme?

Why Rejoin? While many people leave the Royal Air Force (RAF) for many different reasons, all are welcome to apply to rejoin. Whether an applicant wants to put the skills they have already learnt in the RAF back to use or want to rejoin in a completely different role, there may be a position open… Read More