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RAF Coningsby planes intercept Russian aircraft

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Typhoons from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire were yesterday scrambled to intercept multiple Russian aircraft as part of NATO’s ongoing mission to police Baltic airspace.

The Typhoon aircraft, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron, were launched after four separate groups of aircraft were detected by NATO air defences in international airspace near to the Baltic States.

Once airborne, the British jets identified the planes as being Russian aircraft who appeared to be carrying out a variety of routine training exercises. They were monitored by the RAF Typhoons and escorted on their way.

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RAF Coningsby pays tribute to D-Day landings

With the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings just around the corner, the RAF has got out its paint brushes to pay tribute to the men and machines that took part in that historic day in 1944.

A Typhoon Eurofighter based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is carrying something extra on its wings and today it teamed up with a Spitfire from the station's Battle of Britain Memorial flight for a special display. Here's Martin Fisher.


Lucky few get to see World War II fighter planes up close

15 children were given the chance to meet Red Arrows pilots and sit in the cockpit of some of history's most famous planes today.

They were at RAF Coningsby where they should also have been treated to a flypast, but it was sadly cancelled due to the weather.

Nevertheless, they were given a unique experience thanks to a local trust with ambitious plans for the future.

Adam Fowler was there:

Last remaining Lancaster bombers to be brought together

The last two Lancaster bombers that are still flying, will be brought together later this year, for a series of unique airborne events.

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The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will welcome the only other flying Lancaster, from Canada, for a month-long visit in August. The Coningsby aircraft will take part in dual flypasts and displays with its Canadian counterpart.

The visit has been organised as a salute to veterans of Bomber Command. It's being described as a once in a lifetime chance to see the pair, as the North American plane will not be making the journey again.

TV Carol launches new RAF supporters group

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Former Countdown presenter Carol Vorderman has paid tribute to the thousands of men who gave their lives in wartime when she launched a new Royal Air Force supporters club.

The TV presenter visited Lincolnshire to lend her support to the Official Royal Air Force Memorial Flight Club.

Miss Vorderman, was accompanied at RAF Coningsby by her boyfriend Graham Duff, a former Red Arrows Squadron Leader. The new RAF club will give supporters greater insight into the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which includes the Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota aircraft, and how it runs.

Members will receive a raft of information in a welcome pack, including a club yearbook, a visitor guide, and aircraft data sheets, and also be able to enter into ballots and win prizes, visit the flights and, in some cases, sit in the aeroplanes.



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