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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.

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.


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.

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