Military aircrew from as far afield as Australia and the Czech Republic have been in North Yorkshire for an exercise to ensure British helicopter crews are fully equipped for war.
Many of the RAF pilots and their colleagues have served in Afghanistan. Now, some are being trained in advanced air warfare skills, so they are ready to deploy whenever and wherever they are needed.
Claire Montgomery reports:
Military aircrew from as far afield as Australia and the Czech Republic are in North Yorkshire to train British helicopter crews for war. RAF pilots, some who have served in Afghanistan, are being trained in advanced air warfare skills.
Squadron Leader Mike Gallagher from RAF Benson is leading the exercise.
He says the three week course helps equip some of the country's best helicopter pilots with advanced skills in warfare.
Jet pilot, Major Denis Dubravcik, from the Czech Air Force, is among the international crews taking part in the exercise.
This week the skies above North Yorkshire are playing host to a major military exercise. British and French forces have come together to improve co-operation and be better prepared for any possible enemy attack.
Earlier, the heads of both Air Forces came to RAF Leeming to see how those involved were getting on. Helen Ford was there.
A Hawk jet from RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire has been forced to make an emergency landing after fumes filled the cockpit.
Two Hawk aircraft were diverted to Newcastle Airport at around 11am after one experienced 'a technical issue '.
An RAF spokesman said: "The RAF can confirm a Hawk aircraft from RAF Leeming diverted to Newcastle Airport this morning with a technical issue that resulted in fumes in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely. The pilot of the aircraft has been transferred for precautionary medical checks."
Five RAF wives from RAF Leeming are shaving their heads for charity. They're hoping to raise half a million pounds to help 5-year-old Fraja Ellie who has neurblastoma - and needs to treatment abroad.