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ZB131 is the first of nine new BAE Hawk T2 mk167s to be delivered to RAF Leeming - 1st September 2021.

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ZB131 is the first of nine new BAE Hawk T2 mk167s delivered to RAF Leeming on Wednesday 1st September. It flew its first sortie with an English instructor and Qatar student, to the Lake District (LFA17) on 2nd September 2021.

A pair of E-3D Sentries arrive back at RAF Waddington - 2nd and 4th of August 2021

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Above Sentry ZH103 arrives at RAF Waddington

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Above Sentry ZH101 arrives at RAF Waddington

This was the last detachment that 8 Squadron aircraft would go on before they were retired.

The type entered service in 1991 and has seen action in Afghanistan, The Middle East and various other places and finally working out of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.

Puma 50th Anniversary - 7th July 2021

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A flight of ten Puma's carried out formation flypasts at many of the RAF bases they had been associated with during their 50th years in service.

President Joe Biden arrives at RAF Mildenhall - 10th June 2021

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President Joe Biden arrived at RAF Mildenhall on the evening of the 10th June on the occasion of his first visit to Great Britain. The President made a short visit to Mildenhall on his way to the G7 summit 2021 which was being held in Cornwall.

RAF Coningsby have a new paint scheme on the display Typhoon - 28th May 2021

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An Elephant walk at RAF Mildenhall - 20th May 2021

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A KC135, RAF Voyager and a KC10 carried out an Elephant walk at RAF Mildenhall and then took off to carry on with the exercise they were taking part in.

The BBMF Hurricane PZ865 returns to RAF Coningsby - 5th May 2021

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The BBMF Hurricane PZ865 returned to Coningsby on the 5th May 2021 after an overhaul and repaint in a Black night intruder paint scheme.

F-35B Aircraft arrive at RAF Lakenheath - 26th April 2021

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The first flight of Five F-35B Aircraft arrived at RAF Lakenheath to take part in a major exercise. Aircraft and personnel from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 will support the United Kingdom's Carrier Strike Group 2021 deployment by providing 5th Generation F-35B aircraft.

The fifth P-8A Poseidon arrived at RAF Lossiemouth - 2nd February 2021

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The fifth P-8A Poseidon ZP805 arrived at RAF Lossiemouth 2nd February 2021 and has been named Fulmar, flew directly from Boeing Field near Seattle. It’s the first time that a RAF Poseidon has been delivered to Lossiemouth directly from the factory.

The fourth P-8A Poseidon arrived at RAF Lossiemouth - 4th November 2020

The fourth P-8A Posiedon arrived at RAF Lossiemouth

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The fourth P-8A Poseidon arrived at RAF Lossiemouth 4th November 2020 and has been named Spirit of Reykjavik and will join the other three aircraft already at Lossiemouth.

The Third P-8A Poseidon ZP803 arrived at RAF Lossiemouth - 4th November 2020.

The Third P-8A Poseidon ZP803 arrived at RAF Lossiemouth

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The Third P-8A Poseidon ZP803 arrived at RAF Lossiemouth 4th November 2020 The Aircraft is named Terence Bulloch DSO DF

The second P-8A Poseidon ZP802 arrived at Kinloss Barracks - 13th March 2020.

The second P-8A Poseidon ZP802 arrived at Kinloss

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The Aircraft is named City of Elgin and will move to RAF Lossiemouth at a later date.

A Black Typhoon ZJ914 belonging to 9 squadron made its first flight at RAF Lossiemouth 13th October 2020.

A Black Typhoon ZJ914 belonging to 9 squadron made its first flight at RAF Lossiemouth

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A Black Typhoon ZJ914 belonging to 9 squadron made its first flight at RAF Lossiemouth 13th October 2020.

United States Navy F-35B Aircraft arrive at RAF Marham - 3rd September 2020

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Aircraft from VMFA - 211 Squadron arrived at RAF Marham at the start of their UK detachment. The ten jets flew from their base in Yuma Arizona via MCAS Beaufort to visit the UK for the first time.

The first P-8A Poseidon arrives at Kinloss Barracks - 4th February 2020

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The first RAF P-8A Poseidon ZP801 arrived at Kinloss Barracks in Scotland on 4th February, escorted by a pair of RAF Typhoons.

RAF Marham has a visit from the Queen - 3rd February 2020

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While at RAF Marham the Queen was given a tour around the F-35B Lightning facility and a flying demonstration by one of the Lightning aircraft.

A new Hunter at RAF Scampton - 29th January 2020

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A two-seat Hunter appeared at RAF Scampton on Wednesday 29th January and made a short test flight

207 Squadron F-35B aircraft leave RAF Marham - 28th January 2020

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207 Squadron F-35B aircraft leave RAF Marham for carrier training on the 28th January 2020, these were the first aircraft to join the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in UK waters.

207 Squadron F35B aircraft arrive at RAF Marham - 16th July 2019.

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207 Squadron F35B aircraft arrived at RAF Marham on the evening of the 16th July 2019. During the flight over the Atlantic the aircraft were refueled several times by RAF Voyager tankers. The six aircraft are the first to arrive for the squadron and will be used to train pilots for the Royal Air force and the Royal Navy.

RAF Mildenhall takes part in 75th Anniversary flypasts - 5th June 2019.

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The 352nd Special Operations Wing from RAF Mildenhall launched four C130J Hercules and four CV22 Osprey aircraft on the 5th June to take part in flypasts celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Daks over Duxford - 3rd June 2019

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As part of the D-Day celebrations in Normandy the IWM at Duxford hosted a large number of Dakota and C47 Skytrain aircraft. This must be the first time this amount of this type have been seen together for many years, Duxfords flightline was literally overflowing.On 5th June the aircraft departed Duxford to re-enact the parachute drops in Normandy.

XI(F) Squadron Typhoons depart RAF Coningsby - 24th April 2019

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Four Typhoons from XI(F) Squadron departed RAF Coningsby on 24th April 2019 on a four month mission to protect NATO Baltic airspace.

Texan T6 ZM328 gets airborn at RAF Valley - 21st February 2019

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The first T6 Texan ZM328 made its first flight from RAF Valley today, the Texan is the replacement for the Shorts Tucano which is soon to be retired.

Tornado GR4 ZA607 (EB-X) lowered on its plinth at (DECA) Sealand - 22nd February 2019

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ZA607 a Tornado GR4 had until recently been operated by 31 Squadron at RAF Marham, although the Aircraft still has the markings of its former user 41 Squadron, based at RAF Coningsby.

The 492nd Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath unveils a new F-15E paint sceme - 31st January 2019

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On the 31st January 2019 the 492nd Fighter Squadron unveiled a F-15E Strike Eagle painted in the heritage colours worn by one of its predessors a P-47 Thunderbolt during WW II.

RAF Lakenheath hosts Dissimilar Air Combat Training - October 2018.

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During October 2018, the 48th Fighter wing at RAF Lakenheath hosted the Dissimilar Air Combat training Event. As well as base F-15E and F-15C aircraft taking part. there were also F22 Raptor and F18 Hornet aircraft from the USAF and Navy.

A full report and video will be published on our RAF Lakenheath page which is coming soon.