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March 2023
# 'routine' mission
RAF and German jets intercept Russian aircraft near Estonian airspace
The UK Ministry of Defence stressed the ‘routine’ nature of the response, but it comes amid tensions between the West and Russia.
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# gerard craughwell
Irish senator is suing the Government about claim of 'RAF overflight interception' deal
The senator is seeking for the court to direct the State to admit that there is a secret deal and that this agreement permits RAF jet fighters to patrol over Irish airspace.
Royal Air Force scrambles Typhoon jets to respond to ‘unidentified aircraft’
A spokesman declined to confirm the origin of the ‘unidentified aircraft’ while the operation is ongoing.
All time
RAF fighter jets intercept Russian military aircraft near UK airspace
It marks the third time in six days the Typhoons have been scrambled in response to Russian planes.
# Security Threat
Two men detained over Ryanair terror alert released without charge
A suspicious object left in the toilet was found to be a mobile phone.
# harry dunn
Car ‘seen on wrong side of road outside RAF base near where Harry Dunn died’
Northamptonshire Police said they are looking into footage shared on social media yesterday.
# red arrows
11 RAF jets will fly over Dublin tonight - but don't panic
The planes will fly over Dublin at around 7.50pm tonight.
'My display will be what I call old man aerobatics': Life as a veteran Irish stunt pilot
Limerick native Gerry Humphreys has spent over 9,000 hours flying planes over the past three decades.
# high alert
RAF escorts Ryanair plane to Stansted after 'suspected hoax security alert'
The flight was from Kaunas, in Lithuania, to London Luton, and the alarm was raised by Lithuanian authorities.
# Supersonic
Fighter jets escort plane to Scottish airport after communications fail
The jets travelled at supersonic speed to catch up with the airliner.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland consider changing its position on neutrality?
With the news that the UK’s RAF will patrol our airspace in the event of a terror attack, can Ireland really remain a neutral country?
# War
The UK began bombing Isis in Syria just hours after last night's vote
Six targets were the focus of RAF Tornado jets.
# Cornwall
Rescue operation for man swept away while spreading ashes at sea
A search is underway off the Cornish coast.
# loud noises
RAF escorts cargo plane to Stansted, apologises for 'loud bang'
Some residents reported their houses shook as the Typhoons passed overhead.
# tornados
British warplanes are already in the skies over Iraq waiting to attack
The Tornado combat jets took off from an RAF base in Cyprus.
# Weapons
US "urgently" shipping weapons to arm Iraqi Kurds against jihadists
France is calling on the European Union to follow suit.
# fur free
Neglected dog rescued from under 2lbs of filthy fur
All the feels.
# Afghanistan
Two RAF members withdrawn from duties over "graphic photo with Afghan body"
The photo appears to show servicemen posing with a dead Taliban member.
# Ouch
BBC News accidentally says Prince William was in the IRA
I say!
# Flight
British fighter jet flies using 3D printed parts
It’s estimated that 3D printing parts would help the RAF save €1.4 million.
# Atomic Bomb
Documentary tells story of only Irish man to survive Nagasaki
Dr Aidan MacCarthy was being held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Nagasaki when the atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city.
# London
Two arrested on 'suspicion to endanger aircraft' after flight diverted to London
The Pakistan Airlines flight was travelling to Manchester when a disruptive passenger led to it being diverted to Stansted.
# Diamond Jubilee
VIDEO: How London looked from a Spitfire plane during Queen celebrations
The UK’s Ministry of Defence has released the video taken from the wing of a Spitfire fighter plane. You can even spot Buckingham Palace…
# Lockdown
Olympic organisers announce airspace restrictions
Private planes, light aircraft and hot air balloons will be banned from approaching within 30 miles of London’s current no-fly zone during this summer’s Olympic Games.
# WWI veteran
Last known WWI veteran dies aged 110
Florence Green, who served with the RAF as a waitress on an air base, was the last known survivor of the conflict.
# Germany
Germany evacuates half the city of Koblenz after WWII bomb uncovered
The 10ft unexploded bomb is one of the largest to be discovered in Germany since the end of the Second World War.
# Missing
Search for missing sailors called off
Five men remain missing in the Irish Sea following the sinking of their cargo vessel on Sunday. The Welsh coastguard has said there is little hope of them being found alive.
# Search and Rescue
Search for missing sailors to resume
The search for five missing crewmen who went missing when their vessel sank in the Irish Sea yesterday is to resume today.
# Royal Rescue
Prince William involved in Irish Sea rescue mission
The Duke of Cambridge co-piloted one of the helicopters as search teams tried to locate the eight crewmen of a sunken ship.
# Spitfire
Wreckage of WWII Spitfire raised from Donegal bog
An American pilot was aboard the Spitfire when it came down in a Donegal bog. He bailed out from the plane, but it has remained beneath the surface for 70 years.
# Libya
Libya calls immediate ceasefire following UN no-fly resolution
Libya’s foreign minister says his country will halt all military action – just hours after the UN votes to impose a no-fly zone.