Spitfire Air Show Preview - RAF Duxford - 1998
A Spitfire Mk VB in formation with a Spitfire Mk IXE (centre) and a Spitfire XIVE (Top) during a photocall over Duxford, Cambridgeshire today (Thursday). The three aircraft will be taking part in the Spitfire Air Show at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford this weekend. The show will be largest public gathering of Spitfires since the end of the Second World War.
Apache Helicopters at RAF Leuchars
Capt David Almot (left) and Major Howard Floyd take a close look at one of the Apache attack helicopters at RAF Leuchars due to participate in a flying exercise over Scotland and Northern England to test tactical leadership skills of frontline aircrew. Almost 50 fixed wing and 14 helicopters will take part in the exercise between February 18-28th, 2002. The night operations exercise is being held in Scotland and will hone the leadership skills of the aircrew in a controlled, but realistic night tactical environment. Flying will take place each evening, from Monday to Thursday, for the duration of the exercise, with all low level aerial activity completed by 11pm.
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In the cockpit of the last operational Lancaster at RAF Scampton are five survivors (from left) George Chalmers (wireless operator), Ivan Whittaker (engineer), Jack Buckley (gunner), Bill Howarth (gunner) and Bill Townsend (pilot) of the Dambusters raid on the industrial heart of Germany. *02/04/04: A collection of the medals won by Ivan Whittaker have gone on display ahead of their auction later this month. During the Second World War he twice received a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) - the only flight engineer in the RAF to receive two such honours. 30/04/2004: A Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to Dam Buster Ivan Whittaker who retired from the RAF as a group captain in 1974, but died five years later and remains the only flight engineer to be twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. His first award, received in November 1943, was for taking part in daring and hazardous operations - including the attack on dams along the Ruhr. He received a second a year later after landing a plane with badly wounded legs following a raid over France.