'Explosion' caused by RAF excercise

Home county residents had a nasty shock this morning when they heard a loud explosion which echoed across three counties.

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RAF flies the final mission for the VC10 fleet

The Royal Air Force gave the VC10 a fitting send off today as the aircraft completed the final mission after more than 50 years of military service. The long-serving VC10 is being replaced by Britain's largest ever military aircraft, the Voyager.

The final operational flights left this morning from RAF Brize Norton
The final operational flights left this morning from RAF Brize Norton Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris
VC10 arrives at Dunsfold airfield in Surrey
VC10 arrives at Dunsfold airfield in Surrey Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris
Flight Lieutenant Adam Mercieca, who has been a VC10 pilot throughout his RAF career, captained one of today's flights
Flight Lieutenant Adam Mercieca, who has been a VC10 pilot throughout his RAF career, captained one of today's flights Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

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2012 tournament pays tribute to the Queen

To mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year’s British Military Tournament will cover the "life and times" of Queen Elizabeth II, starting with the events of 1926 (the year the Queen was born) and finishing with the current-day military engagement in Afghanistan.

The event is described as the largest display of military theatre anywhere in the world and will include:

  • More than 600 participants (including active servicemen) and 150 horses.
  • The bands of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry, the Royal Artillery and the Royal Air Force.
  • The horses of the Household Cavalry competing with the motorcycles of the Royal Signals’ White Helmets over an obstacle course which includes jumps and flaming hoops.
  • A battle re-enactment featuring the Royal Logistic Corps in a dramatic bomb disposal in Afghanistan.
  • The largest massed bagpipe band seen at Earls Court since the Second World War.
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