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Aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces

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Royal Air Force: Aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. It was formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918. Following the Allied victory over the Central Powers in 1918, the RAF emerged as the largest air force in the world at the time. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain.

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Prime Minister's £900k rebranded plane unveiled [Video]

Prime Minister's £900k rebranded plane unveiled

The RAF plane used by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for official business has been unveiled at Cambridge airport today after a controversial new paint job costing £900k. Report by Patelr. Like us on..

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RAF carries out four air strikes against IS in Iraq in May [Video]

RAF carries out four air strikes against IS in Iraq in May

The Royal Air Force has carried four sets of air strikes against so-called Islamic State this month, as the UK armed forces continue to support the Iraq government’s fight against the terror group...

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Wrecked WW2 aircraft discovered on Cleethorpes beach

The aircraft is believed to have crashed in 1944 soon after taking off from a nearby RAF base.
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VE Day: The experience of a Caribbean WW2 RAF veteran

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Captain Tom: Cockpit view of RAF flypast in Marston Moretaine

Two wartime planes flew over the NHS fundraiser's Bedfordshire home on his 100th birthday.
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Coronavirus: Village celebrates RAF veteran's 100th birthday

Residents of Yeaveley in Derbyshire cheered as Douglas Wall passed their homes in his mobility scooter.
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RAF flypast to honour UK fundraising hero's 100th

Two wartime RAF planes mark the 100th birthday of war veteran and fundraiser Captain Tom Moore.
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Coronavirus: RAF flypast for Captain Tom's 100th birthday

The aerial salute for the "amazing" war veteran "was meant to be a surprise", Grant Shapps says.
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Coronavirus: Red Arrows resume 'essential training'

The Royal Air Force's aerobatic team flew a number of sorties from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.
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Coronavirus: Ex-RAF station to become temporary mortuary

The site north-east of Norwich will help the cope with "the predicted peak in coronavirus".
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Military units deployed to provide ambulance services to help NHS during coronavirus crisis

Army, navy and RAF units begin medical evacuation work on the ground and in the air
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Islamic State: US military says RAF airstrikes may have killed civilians

The UK has been bombing IS for five years - but accepts responsibility for just one civilian casualty.
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Six RAF jets intercept Russian aircraft heading for Scottish coast

The Russian bombers were tracked heading towards the north-west coast of Scotland on Saturday.
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RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft near Scotland, MoD says

Nato forces move to head off an unknown number of bombers near British airspace
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Final British evacuation flight from Wuhan lands

Britain's final evacuation flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, landed at a Royal Air Force base in central England on Sunday.
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Luke Wigman: Second world marathon attempt for injured RAF veteran

Luke Wigman suffered traumatic injuries when he stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan.
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Coronavirus: Plane carrying Britons evacuated from Wuhan lands at at RAF base

83 Britons to be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival
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Harry Dunn: Johnson to raise 'driving habits' of US staff near RAF base with Mike Pompeo

19-year-old Briton killed last year after being knocked off motorbike outside RAF Croughton
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Claims sonic boom over London and Home Counties 'cracked' windows

Royal Air Force Typhoons were scrambled to intercept an unresponsive aircraft in December.
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'Forgotten' Shropshire RAF airmen honoured in Spain

Seven men who died when an RAF Wellington bomber crashed in 1950 are remembered with a memorial.
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Sonic boom causes panic over London after RAF jets scrambled to unresponsive aircraft

People woken as loud explosion causes windows to shake in parts of South East
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Sonic boom: People woken by loud noise which 'shook houses'

The Met Police said the loud bang heard was the result of a sonic boom from RAF planes.
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Sonic boom shakes houses across north London

The Met Police said the loud bang heard was the result of a sonic boom from RAF planes.
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Restored 100-year-old RAF bear keeps 'lovely, wonky smile'

Bobby Bear was the beloved childhood toy of Joe Mack, an RAF Pathfinder wireless operator in WW2.
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UK weather: RAF scrambled to tackle 'danger to life' flooding as heavy rain pummels Britain

Five severe 'danger to life' warnings in place ahead of another week of downpours
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UK Invictus Games 2020 team unveiled by Duke of Sussex

A former RAF medic and RAF corporal will lead Team UK at next year's Invictus Games in the Hague.
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Duke and Duchess: Royal plane aborts landing after Pakistan storms

An RAF aircraft carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge twice tried to land in Islamabad.
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RAF Marham airman's family pay tribute to rugby player

Scott Stevenson died after suffering a head injury when playing for the RAF against the Army.
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RAF Marham airman dies after rugby league match head injury

Scott Stevenson was playing for the RAF against the Army in a rugby league match when he was injured.
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RAF bids final farewell to Tucano training plane

The aircraft has been used to train pilots, including Prince William, for the last 30 years.
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Five-year-old Red Arrows fan 'blown away' by salute

Jacob Newson was lost for words when he met the the Royal Air Force's aerobatic team.
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Whaley Bridge flooding: Boris Johnson visits evacuated villagers amid race to stop dam bursting

RAF helicopter drops off 400 tonnes of aggregate in race to save damaged dam
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Whaley Bridge flooding– live: 'Unprecedented emergency' declared as RAF scrambled in battle to stop dam collapse after thousands evacuated

Emergency services battle to repair damage after 'danger to life' warning issued
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Abdul Mayanja shooting: Pair jailed for killing RAF cadet

Abdul Mayanja was shot dead with a sawn-off shotgun in east London in 2017.
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Essex sonic boom: MOD receives four compensation claims

Four compensation claims have been made after RAF jets were scrambled to escort a civilian flight.
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Farnborough Airport: Red Arrows plane suffers burst tyre on landing

Emergency services were called as a precaution just after the RAF display team landed.
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Secret RAF WWII maps unveiled in Buckinghamshire

Maps of Germany were secretly created at a manor house to assist the RAF with airborne response.
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Wainfleet flooding: RAF ballast drop to cost up to £1m

The breach in the River Steeping led to 580 homes in Wainfleet being evacuated due to flooding.
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Sonic boom heard across Derbyshire caused by RAF Typhoons

A sonic boom heard across Derbyshire was caused by RAF Typhoons.
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Typhoon fighter aircraft caused sonic boom that startled residents, police say
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Wainfleet flooding: Hundreds of homes evacuated in Lincolnshire as RAF shores up flood defences

'We're working hard to get residents to safety and monitor the River Steeping,' police say
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RAF scrambles Typhoon fighter jets to intercept Russian transport aircraft

The Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept two Russian transport aircraft that were flying close to Estonian airspace, officials have revealed.
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