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Based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Exercise RED FLAG is the world’s largest and most complex air combat exercise - a perfect environment for Typhoon FGR4 to demonstrate its potent swing-role capability. Armed with Paveway IV laser-guided bombs and advanced short- and medium-range air-to-air missiles, Typhoon can fight its way in to hostile and contested airspace, strike ground targets with Paveway IV and fight its way out again. Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft from V(AC) Squadron, and aerospace battle managers from 1 Air Control Centre supplement the RAF’s contribution to RED FLAG this year. Stay tuned on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter for more from Nellis Air Force Base, courtesy of the RAF’s Mobile News Team and 7644 Squadron RAuxAF. Image: Cpl Neil Bryden / SAC Robyn Stewart

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As well as being the home of fast jet training and search and rescue, RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales can play host to a number of different aircraft types on training or operational duties. It also – like many airfields across the UK – acts as a “diversion” airfield in case of bad weather elsewhere in the UK. This was the case recently when three Typhoon FGR4 aircraft from 3 Squadron, RAF Coningsby paid RAF Valley a visit when their home base was affected temporarily by poor weather.
The aircraft spent a short time on the ground before heading back to Lincolnshire, but not until Cpl Andy Ferguson, an RAF Photographer who works for the RAF Valley Media & Communications team, was able to take some spectacular images of the Typhoons taking off into the dusk.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN COMMEMORATION

RAF 29 (Reserve) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 ZK308 ‘TP-V’ in 198 Squadron markings alongside Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire IX MK356 ‘5J-K’ in 129 Squadron colours. Both wear D-Day invasion stripes, during the official unveiling of the Typhoon at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on May 21, 2013

AFD-Alan Warnes