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RAF pay strikes

Unite workers at three Lincolnshire RAF bases are preparing for two twenty-four hour strikes. They're unhappy that they've only been offered a one per cent pay rise despite their employers, Serco, making a profit and awarding a multi-million pound bonus to its chief executive officer.

The strikes will take place at RAF Cranwell, Scampton and Digby this Friday and Tuesday next week. Steve Syson is from the Unite union.


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Anti-drones protest set to be staged at RAF base

Anti-war protesters are set to gather outside an RAF base today to voice their opposition to the UK's use of armed drones in Afghanistan.

Members of the Stop The War Coalition, CND, The Drone Campaign Network and War on Want will march from Lincoln to nearby RAF Waddington.

An RAF MQ-9 Reaper Credit: MOD

The RAF began remotely operating its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles deployed to Afghanistan from the Lincolnshire airbase earlier this week.

In a statement, the RAF said it had started supporting the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan ground troops with "armed intelligence and surveillance missions" remotely piloted from RAF Waddington.

The aircraft were previously operated from a United States Air Force base in Nevada.

Pictures: Proposals for RAF memorial in Lincolnshire

The first in a series of public exhibitions is being held today to help select the design of a historic memorial to commemorate RAF Bomber Command crew stationed in Lincolnshire during World War II.

A fund has been set up to help pay for a memorial in recognition of the Command's aircrew who sacrificed their lives. In total, over 25,000 men lost their lives flying from Lincolnshire for the Bomber Command.

Spire of Names - Proposal by Walter Jack
Searchlights - Proposal by Place Architecture
Lens - Proposal by Field Clegg and Bradley.


Video: Shake-up for search and rescue teams

The famous yellow sea king helicopters used by the RAF search and rescue team based at Leconfield near Beverley are to be scrapped.

The Government's done a a deal with the US company Bristow Helicopters which will see them take over search and rescue services in the UK from twenty-fifteen.

It will mean RAF Leconfield's existing sea king helicopters will be sold off and from 2015, search and rescue will be based at Humberside Airport. Bristow says the state of the art replacement helicopters will cut response times, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

Investigation launched after Turcano jet crashes at RAF Linton-on-Ouse

An investigation has been launched and the runway at RAF Linton-on Ouse closed after a Tucano jet crash landed at the base.

The plane ended up on the grass next to the runway after the landing gear failed. The two people on board were uninjured. The North Yorkshire base is home to 72 Squadron, which operates a fleet of Tucano TMk1 aircraft and is the RAF's oldest flying training school.

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