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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (4th L) and Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak (3rd L) stand on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman at the at an undisclosed position in the Mediterranean Sea

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (4th L) and Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak (3rd L) stand on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman at the at an undisclosed position in the Mediterranean Sea

Avro Vulcan B.2, XM751, of the Scampton Wing as seen from the tail at its base of RAF Scampton. Underneath the aircraft, on a trolley, can be seen four bottles of pressurised nitrogen used within the aircraft's Electronic Counter Measures suite. The bottles would be loaded through the open tail hatches seen. The Scampton Wing consisted of Nos 27, 83 and 617 Squadrons.

Avro Vulcan B.2, XM751, of the Scampton Wing as seen from the tail at its base of RAF Scampton. Underneath the aircraft, on a trolley, can be seen four bottles of pressurised nitrogen used within the aircraft's Electronic Counter Measures suite. The bottles would be loaded through the open tail hatches seen. The Scampton Wing consisted of Nos 27, 83 and 617 Squadrons.

The Spitfire was a low-wing monoplane that was first flown in 1936 and was first put into service with the Royal Air Force in 1938. It was modified continuously throughout the war to serve in a variety of roles: fighter (with notable success at high altitudes), fighter-bomber, and photo reconnaissance plane.

The Spitfire was a low-wing monoplane that was first flown in 1936 and was first put into service with the Royal Air Force in 1938. It was modified continuously throughout the war to serve in a variety of roles: fighter (with notable success at high altitudes), fighter-bomber, and photo reconnaissance plane.

The Vulcan held the record for the longest bombing mission when it bombed the runway on the Falkland Islands after the Argentine invasion in 1982, a return journey of nearly 8,000 nautical miles. The mission was known as 'Black Buck One' and took almost 16 hours.

The Vulcan held the record for the longest bombing mission when it bombed the runway on the Falkland Islands after the Argentine invasion in 1982, a return journey of nearly 8,000 nautical miles. The mission was known as 'Black Buck One' and took almost 16 hours.

Adventure: Spitfire NH749 in an Indian colour scheme was built at Supermarine in Aldermaston and powered by a Rolls Royce Griffon engine

Adventure: Spitfire NH749 in an Indian colour scheme was built at Supermarine in Aldermaston and powered by a Rolls Royce Griffon engine

An Avro Vulcan B.2A of No 617 Squadron undergoing final preparations at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire prior to a sortie with a Blue Steel stand-off nuclear weapon.

An Avro Vulcan B.2A of No 617 Squadron undergoing final preparations at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire prior to a sortie with a Blue Steel stand-off nuclear weapon.

HMS Duke of York was one of Britain's five 14 in King George V class battleships, designed in the 1930s to 35000 ton Washington Treaty tonnage limits.  She was flagship of the force that sank German battleship Scharnhorst on Boxing Day 1943 in a purely surface action, with no air involvement.  Of the class only Prince of Wales (sunk by Japanese aircraft in December 1941) did not survive WW2.

HMS Duke of York was one of Britain's five 14 in King George V class battleships, designed in the 1930s to 35000 ton Washington Treaty tonnage limits. She was flagship of the force that sank German battleship Scharnhorst on Boxing Day 1943 in a purely surface action, with no air involvement. Of the class only Prince of Wales (sunk by Japanese aircraft in December 1941) did not survive WW2.

Metallic: Spitfire SM845 in its post war colour scheme. The plane was built at Supermarine in Southampton and is powered by the Rolls Royce Griffon 67 engine

Metallic: Spitfire SM845 in its post war colour scheme. The plane was built at Supermarine in Southampton and is powered by the Rolls Royce Griffon 67 engine

Beauty: Mk Vb Spitfire EP120 powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin. The plane was taken on by the RAF in May 1942 and assigned to 501 squadron. She scored six of her seven confirmed kills with Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Northcott at the helm

Beauty: Mk Vb Spitfire EP120 powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin. The plane was taken on by the RAF in May 1942 and assigned to 501 squadron. She scored six of her seven confirmed kills with Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Northcott at the helm

Military Aviation >> Royal Air Force: Flying The Sepecat Jaguar - The Online Aviation Magazine - Global Aviation Resource

Military Aviation >> Royal Air Force: Flying The Sepecat Jaguar - The Online Aviation Magazine - Global Aviation Resource

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