HAWK - At the RIAT display the Red Arrows, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, flew with representatives from the Frecce Tricolore (MB339), the Patrouille de France (Alpha Jet), the Patrouille Suisse (F-5E) and the Breitling Jet Team (L-39 Albatross).     Hawk lost against the Alenia Aer Macchi M346 for a Polish order for eight aircraft. 

HARRIER - Falklands veteran Harrier GR3 XZ130 which has been at the Surbiton Air Training Corps HQ for nine years is to be removed by the MoD for health and safety reasons. It is hoped that a home can be found for it in Kingston or at the Brooklands Museum.
HUNTER - TMk7 XL618 has been saved and has moved from Caernarfon to the Newark Air Museum.

SEA FURY - The Royal Navy historic Flight Sea Fury TMk20 VX821 suffered engine problems during a display flown by Lt Cdr Chris Gotke at the RNAS Culdrose Air Day in July. During the display the engine started to emit dense smoke but continued to run, causing the pilot to make a forced landing. He approached with flaps down and undercarriage up. The undercarriage extended late and failed to lock down, collapsed and caused the aircraft to slew off the runway onto the grass after a smooth landing. Chris Gotke was unhurt. Damage to the airframe appeared minimal.
    In April the 500mph Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major powered racing Sea Fury T.20 "Dreadnaught" and a Cessna 210 collided over the sea near San Pablo Bay, California. The Sea Fury landed safely but the Cessna crashed in the sea.

Aircraft News

TYPHOON - The RAF Museum's Typhoon 1B, MN235, has been loaned to the Canada Aviation & Space Museum, Ottawa, until 2017. The RCAF flew three squadrons of Typhoons during WW2.
HURRICANE - RCAF MkXII G-CBOE flew from Thruxton in July after a very lengthy restoration. It, together with Peter Vacher's Mk1 and Hunter Mk58 Miss Demeanour, is for sale at Platinum Fighters.

PUP & 1 STRUTTER - these RAF Museum aircraft have been moved from Hendon to Cosford for a WW1 exhibition.

     The RAF is operating pairs of Tornados from Cyprus at targets in Iraq
about 600 miles from Akrotiri. The Times reported that on the first mission a Paveway IV laser guided bomb (cost 22,000) was dropped on a "heavy weapons position, possibly a mortar point" and a Brimstone missile (100,000) was launched at a "pick-up truck", presumably armed. On another occasion four Brimstones were launched at a "pick-up truck and a minibus".
    That's five Brimstones (500,000) for two pick-up trucks and a minibus costing, say, 40,000 max if they were new, but they are certainly commandeered so cost nothing.
    According to The Times a sortie from Cyprus to Iraq takes between four and eight hours so a six hour mission at 35,000 per hour with two Tornados costs about 420,000, not including the cost of the tankers.
    Is it really cost effective to use two-seat, twin-engined, swing-wing supersonic bombers to attack, with sophisticated missiles, very soft targets? Of course not; but it's all we've got. All our single-seat, single-engined light attack aircraft are in the Arizona desert.