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Kirsty quits after death of two pals

The Red Arrows first female pilot Kirsty Stewart has quit following the deaths last year of two members of the Lincolnshire -based team.

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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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Benefits reinstated for ex RAF worker with heart failure

A former RAF police dog handler from Lincoln, who suffers from heart failure, has had his benefits reinstated after challenging the Department for Work and Pensions.

Alex Smith was deemed 'fit to work' following a medical, despite having to be constantly linked up to a machine to stay alive.

"If this machine fails it's game over, I'm dead. For people to think that I want to take money from the state, that I don't want to work, winds me up"

– Alex Smith, former RAF Police Dog Handler

Anniversary of Yorkshire-based RAF Squadron

RAF Whitley Bomber crew

An air museum near York is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of their most famous squadron.

Squadron 77 was based in RAF Elvington - the historic wartime Bomber Command base which is now home to the Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum.

Elvington’s first ‘home’ Squadron was originally formed during the height of WWI in 1916, in Edinburgh, on October 1. Their first role was providing defence against enemy airships.

It was disbanded in 1919, but with the threat of war rising again, it was re-formed in June 1937, at Finningley, beginning a long association with Yorkshire.

By the time war broke out, the Squadron was at RAF Driffield. The Squadron took part in the first attack on the German mainland.

Elvington is home to the 77 Squadron Memorial and Memorial Room which includes an exhibition on the Squadron's history.

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RAF Manby fire investigation

Investigations are starting after a fire at an old aircraft hangar on the former RAF Manby site in Lincolnshire.

50 firefighters were tackling the blaze at its hight and there was a danger of it collapsing. Eyewitnesses claim there were a series of explosions inside the hangar, which its understood store diesel engines.

The old RAF base, which is five miles east of Louth, closed in 1974 and is now used as a business park.

Blaze at RAF Manby

More than 50 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at an old aircraft hanger on the former RAF Manby site in Lincolnshire this evening.

A 200 metre cordon has been put around the building after police said there was a danger of it collapsing.

Ten fire crews plus a hydraulic platform were used to fight the fire which broke out shortly after 5 o' clock. Four crews are still at the scene and are dampening down.

Eyewitnesses claim there was a series of explosions inside the hanger which it's understood is owned by Winchester Marine and is used to store diesel engines. The old RAF base, which is five miles east of Louth, closed in 1974 and is now used as a business park.

We spoke to Nick Davies from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Steve Pratten from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Manby fire

Police are warning people to stay away from a fire at an aircraft hangar in Lincolnshire. There have been a series of explosions at the former RAF airfield at Manby. Police say people are "hampering fire crews and putting themselves at risk". Ten fire engines are currently at the site.

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