A Weapons Controller directs fast jet aircraft to intercept potentially hostile aircraft that threaten the UK or Overseas battlespace.
Located on the Dornoch Firth, Tain Air Weapons Range (AWR) is one of 5 currently used by the RAF for essential operational training. Tain AWR is also responsible for Cape Wrath Range near the village of Durness. The current Tain AWR boundary covers an area of 2700 acres extending from the beach at the village of Inver to the edge of the wood 3 miles East of Tain town. The Air Danger Area – EG D703, extends vertically to 15000 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) or 22000 feet AMSL on request. The range, which is operated by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, is used by British military as well as the US Air Force and other NATO air forces for academic bombing and strafing practice. It has 18 separate targets suitable for a variety of weapons and different delivery methods including a moving target and a CAS Village. Further details about access and opening times are published on gov.uk at the earliest opportunity. Tain AWR is a site of site of special scientific interest due to the rare orchids that are only found in this location, and unsurprisingly provides a haven for wildlife. The sands and marshes are an ideal habitat for flora and fauna which remain largely undisturbed by the public.
A five-year-old had his wish come true today when he met the RAF Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
Information about BBMF, Chinook, Falcons, Grob Tutor, RAF Music Services, Typhoon and Red Arrows Display Teams.
Flight Sergeant 'Spike' McKee goes on exercise with RAF Akrotiri’s Emergency Services.
Showcasing the RAF's multi-role fast jet.
The Squadron is split into two flights: Apollo Flight and Crossbow Flight. Apollo Flight comprises intelligence analysts who conduct analysis of current intelligence, providing direct mission support to processing and exploitation of data across 1 ISR Wing’s operational flights. Crossbow employs imagery analysts to provide dedicated full motion video processing and exploitation, directly supporting MQ-9 Reaper and US Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft and, in the future, the UK’s Protector RG Mk1.
Part of the Northern Quick Reaction Alert securing the skies in the RAF's mission to defend the UK's airspace
Part of a fully operational Squadron, the Chinook Display Team demonstrates the RAF Chinook's capability.
The history of RAF display teams
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