RAF top guns are teaming up with their French counterparts to spearhead a major military exercise from RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.
The 11-day event sees aircraft from Britain, France, the United States, Canada and Germany taking part in a UK wide training exercise.
The Band of the RAF Regiment have lead a homecoming parade at RAF Leeming.
Around 70 personnel from 34 Squadron RAF Regiment are expected to be presented with medals.
A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan, and for one family from the region it is a more unusual occasion than usual.
Three of the Townsend family work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.
As Sarah Townsend waves goodbye to her son, she will be welcoming home her husband who is returning from his four month tour of duty.
Watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.
A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan and for one family, the tour of duty is more of an emotional occasion than usual.
Three of the family work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.
Mother Sarah Townsend is waving goodbye to her son Ben, but will be welcoming home her husband in the next few days.
You can watch the lunchtime report from Claire Montgomery below.
Senior Aircraftman Ben Townsend is a communications technician. Along with his colleagues in 2 Squadron, 90 Signals Unit, they're in training for their tour in Afghanistan.
Ben will have extra advice at hand because his dad, Mark, is a Warrant Officer within the same Signals Unit and is already out in Afghanistan. Their paths will cross for a few days before his Dad heads home.
Ben's Squadron leaves next month and after his tour of duty, the Townsends will be reunited before Christmas.
"There is always a potential threat that something might happen, so if anything was to happen to us, then we always have to know that everyone is trained and your colleagues are at your back.
"It will be good. I am sure he will show me all the ropes when I am out there anyway but it will be nice to see him and catch up. Obviously we have only been in contact on the phone every now and then."
A Squadron from RAF Leeming is preparing for its latest deployment to Afghanistan and for one family it's a more emotional occasion than usual.
Three of them work for the same Signals Unit at the North Yorkshire air base.
As Sarah Townsend waves goodbye to her son Ben, she'll be welcoming home her husband Mark.
An RAF jet has been forced into an emergency landing at Newcastle International Airport, after fumes filled the cockpit.
Two Hawk aircraft were diverted to the airport at around 11am after one of the cockpits began to fill with smoke.
The pilot was then flown to hospital by helicopter for precautionary checks.
– RAF spokesman
"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."
– Newcastle Airport spokesman
"Two RAF Hawk aircraft from RAF Leeming landed earlier at Newcastle Airport.
"Both aircraft landed safely and there has been no disruption to the operation as a result."
Soldiers from 10 Field Squadron The Royal Engineers based in North Yorkshire, are to make a final parade.
The regiment is being disbanded as part of the Government's military cuts.
Hundreds of personnel and families based at RAF Leeming near Bedale, are to watch the march across the base. The axe forms part of the Future Army 2020 reorganisation.
A former RAF pilot has taken to the skies exactly fifty years to the day since he first flew from the same spot.
Rod Dean joined the RAF in 1962, when he was 17-years-old.
A year later, he completed his first solo flight - in a Jet Provost - at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.
Today Mr Dean returned to the airbase with his son, Duncan who is also an RAF pilot and flew them both in a Black Hawk Jet.