Fly-past honors WWII airmen who died saving UK children
SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — U.S. and Royal Air Force planes roared over the English city of Sheffield on Friday to honor 10 American airmen who sacrificed their lives to save British children...
End of an era: UK air force to disband bomb disposal unit
LONDON (AP) — It's the end of an era for Britain's Royal Air Force: Its only bomb disposal squadron is being disbanded, 75 years after it was formed to disarm unexploded German bombs.
An RAF spokesman said Friday there will be "no change to public safety" when the 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron is phased out in April 2020.
RAF personnel with the bomb disposal unit will be given other positions with the air force. The British Army will take over its duties.
LONDON (AP) — The Royal Air Force is leading tributes to Mary Ellis, an aviation pioneer and World War II-era pilot who has died at 101.
As a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary, Ellis flew Spitfires and bombers, bringing the aircraft from factories to airfields. She flew over 1,000 aircraft during the war and afterward managed Sandown airport on the Isle of Wight.
She married fellow pilot Don Ellis in 1961 and they lived near the runway until his death in 2009.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Typhoons from Britain's Royal Air Force based in Romania have been scrambled in response to a Russian warplane flying near NATO airspace over the Black Sea.
The RAF said the fighter jets went into action Thursday from an air base near the port of Constanta after a suspected Su-24 FENCER aircraft was spotted in the area.
Fighter Jets Take Off From British RAF Base
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has sent congratulations to Britain's Royal Air Force on the 100th anniversary of its founding.
The queen's message was read at a breakfast reception held Sunday at a central London building that served as the RAF's first headquarters.
The Royal Air Force was created on April 1, 1918 through the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
1 killed in British air force crash of Red Arrows jet
LONDON (AP) — A jet belonging to the British military's Red Arrows aerobatic team crashed Tuesday at an air base in Wales, killing an engineer and injuring the pilot, the air force said.
UK helicopters join French counterterror mission in Africa
LONDON (AP) — Britain said Wednesday that it will send three Royal Air Force helicopters to join France's military mission against Islamic militants in Africa's Sahel region as part of closer U.K.-French intelligence and military cooperation.
The two countries will promise to step up efforts against violent extremism during a Thursday meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Sandhurst military academy near London.
UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions.
The RAF confirmed that it sent Typhoon aircraft from the Lossiemouth base in Scotland on a "quick reaction alert" as two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers approached Britain.
Shots fired in ‘disturbance’ at UK base used by US Air Force
LONDON (AP) — A British military air base in England used by the U.S. Air Force was locked down Monday after a disturbance, but the emergency measure ended when a man was arrested on suspicion of "criminal trespass," police and Air Force officials said.
RAF jets escort Ryanair flight amid fears of security threat
LONDON (AP) — Royal Air Force Typhoon jets escorted a Ryanair flight from Lithuania to London Stansted after what appears to be a hoax security threat.
The plane was traveling from Kaunas, Lithuania to Luton Airport but was diverted to Stansted. All flights have now resumed after being held for 10 minutes just before 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) on Wednesday.
Ryanair says in a statement that the flight was diverted "after Lithuanian authorities received a suspected hoax security alert."
RAF becomes UK’s 1st service to open up all roles to women
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Air Force has become the country's first military service to open up all roles to women — including close combat roles.
The RAF will start taking applications Friday from women interested in joining its ground-fighting force, a 2,000-strong regiment that protects bases and airfields around the world.
In announcing the decision in July, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said this was a "defining moment for the RAF."
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say a U.K. man killed by a Royal Air Force drone strike in Syria was an Islamic State group attack planner who posed a "very serious threat" to Britain.
Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee scrutinized the August 2015 strike that killed Reyaad Khan and two others. It was the first such drone strike acknowledged by the British government.
Sir Ridley Scott is attached to direct a film about the Battle of Britain.
LONDON (AP) — British air force fighter jets have escorted a Romanian private plane to a safe landing after it experienced communications difficulties during a flight.
Birmingham Airport's Communications Officer, Sarah Collyer, said Tuesday the small Saab 340 aircraft with three crew aboard was intercepted as it arrived in British airspace from Bucharest.
She said the plane was "safely escorted to Birmingham International Airport," about 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of London.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government said Wednesday that Britain's Royal Air Force made 18 flights between the disputed Falkland Islands and airports in Brazil over the last two years, calling them a breach of agreements between the two South American countries.
Argentina lost a brief but bloody war with Britain after Argentine troops invaded the South Atlantic archipelago in 1982.