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RAF Boscombe Down
MoD Boscombe Down
MoD Boscombe Down
(ICAO: EGDM) is the home of a military aircraft testing site, located near the town of Amesbury
Amesbury
in Wiltshire, England. The site is currently run, managed and operated by QinetiQ;[1] the private defence company created as part of the breakup of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in 2001 by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)
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Amesbury
Amesbury
Amesbury
/ˈeɪmzbəri/ is a town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. It is most famous for the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge which is in its parish, and for the discovery of the Amesbury Archer—dubbed the King of Stonehenge
Stonehenge
in the press—in 2002
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Hawker Hind
The British Hawker Hind
Hawker Hind
was a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
light bomber of the inter-war years produced by Hawker Aircraft
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Wiltshire
2011 Census Excluding Swindon: 93.4% White British 1.3% Asian 1.2% Mixed Race 0.6% Black 0.2% OtherDistricts of Wiltshire   UnitaryDistricts Wiltshire
Wiltshire
( Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Council) Swindon
Swindon
( Swindon
Swindon
Borough Council)Members of Parliament List of MPsPolice Wiltshire
Wiltshire
PoliceTime zone Greenwich Mean Time
Greenwich Mean Time
(UTC) • Summer (DST) British Summer Time
British Summer Time
(UTC+1) Wiltshire
Wiltshire
(/ˈwɪltʃər/ or /-tʃɪər/[1]) is a county in South West England
England
with an area of 3,485 km2 (1,346 square miles).[2] It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
and Berkshire
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No. 9 Squadron RAF
No. 9 Squadron (otherwise known as No. IX (Bomber) Squadron or IX(B) Squadron) of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
was the first in the service to receive the Panavia Tornado, which it currently operates from RAF Marham, Norfolk.Contents1 History1.1 First World War 1.2 Between the wars 1.3 Second World War1.3.1 The sinking of the Tirpitz1.4 Tirpitz Bulkhead 1.5 Postwar years 1.6 Current role 1.7 Affiliations2 See also 3 Notes 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External linksHistory[edit] First World War[edit] No. 9 Squadron was formed and disbanded twice during the First World War
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Handley Page Heyford
The Handley Page
Handley Page
Heyford was a twin-engine British biplane bomber of the 1930s. Although it had a short service life, it equipped several squadrons of the RAF as one of the most important British bombers of the mid-1930s, and was the last biplane heavy bomber to serve with the RAF
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No. 51 Squadron RAF
No. 51 Squadron of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
most recently operated the Nimrod R1 from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire
until June 2011.[2] Crews from No. 51 Squadron trained alongside the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
on the RC-135W Rivet Joint, which entered service with the RAF in 2014[3][4] under the Airseeker project.[5]Contents1 History1.1 World War I 1.2 Interwar years 1.3 World War II 1.4 Postwar2 Aircraft operated 3 Current Aircraft 4 See also 5 References5.1 Notes 5.2 Bibliography6 External linksHistory[edit] World War I[edit] 51 Squadron Royal Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
flew B.E.2 and B.E.12 aircraft; the squadron formed at Thetford, Norfolk, before moving its headquarters to the airfield that later became RAF Marham
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Avro Anson
The Avro
Avro
Anson is a British twin-engined, multi-role aircraft built by aircraft manufacturer Avro. Large numbers of the type served in a variety of roles for the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF), Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm
(FAA), Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
(RCAF) and numerous other air forces before, during, and after the Second World War. Initially known as the Avro
Avro
652A, the Anson was developed during the mid-1930s from the earlier Avro
Avro
652 airliner in response to a request for tenders issued by the British Air Ministry
Air Ministry
for a maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Having suitably impressed the Ministry, a single prototype was ordered, which conducted its maiden flight on 24 March 1935
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Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
The Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley was one of three British twin-engined, front line medium bomber types that were in service with the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) at the outbreak of the Second World War. Alongside the Vickers Wellington
Vickers Wellington
and the Handley Page Hampden, the Whitley was developed during the mid-1930s according to Air Ministry Specification B.3/34, which it was subsequently selected to meet. In 1937, the Whitley formally entered into RAF squadron service; it was the first of the three medium bombers to be introduced. Following the outbreak of war in September 1939, the Whitley participated in the first RAF bombing raid upon German territory and remained an integral part of the early British bomber offensive
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No. 78 Squadron RAF
Squadron may refer to: Squadron (army), a military unit of cavalry, tanks, or equivalent subdivided into troops or tank companies Squadron (aviation), a military unit that consists of three or four flights with a total of 12 to 24 aircraft, depending on the type of aircraft and the air force, naval or army air service Sq
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No. 88 Squadron RAF
No 88 Squadron RAF was an aircraft squadron of the Royal Air Force. It was formed at Gosport, Hampshire
Hampshire
in July 1917 as a Royal Flying Corps (RFC) squadron.[3]Contents1 Involvement in World War I 2 Involvement in World War II 3 Post-war History 4 Air Training Corps 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksInvolvement in World War I[edit]A scoreboard listing the claims for aircraft destroyed by No. 80 Wing between July and November 1918.After forming at Gosport
Gosport
in July 1917, the squadron was moved to France in April 1918 where it undertook fighter-reconnaissance duties. It was also involved in the development of air-to-air wireless telegraphy. After the foundation of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
in June 1918, the squadron became part of No
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Fairey Battle
The Fairey Battle
Fairey Battle
was a British single-engine light bomber designed and manufactured by the Fairey Aviation Company. It was developed during the mid-1930s for the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) as a monoplane successor to the earlier Hawker Hart
Hawker Hart
and Hind biplanes. The Battle was powered by the same high-performance Rolls-Royce Merlin
Rolls-Royce Merlin
piston engine that powered various contemporary British fighters[N 1]. However the Battle was significantly heavier, with its three-man crew and bomb load. Though a great improvement over the aircraft that preceded it, the Battle was relatively slow and limited in range
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166th Aero Squadron
1st Day Bombardment Group Western Front, France: 20 September-11 November 1918[3]Sorties: 192 Combat missions: 13 Enemy combats: 2 Killed: 1 Wounded: 3 Missing: 0 Aircraft lost: 0 [2]VictoriesEnemy Aircraft shot down: 6[4] Enemy Balloons shot down: 0[4] Total Enemy Aircraft Destroyed: 6[4]The 166th Aero Squadron
166th Aero Squadron
was a Air Service, United States
United States
Army unit that fought on the Western Front during World War I. The squadron was assigned as a Day Bombardment Squadron, performing long-range bombing attacks on roads and railroads; destruction of materiel and massed troop formations behind enemy lines
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No. 97 Squadron RAF
No. 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, was a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
squadron formed on 1 December 1917 at Waddington, Lincolnshire.Contents1 World War I 2 Between the Wars 3 World War II 4 Postwar 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksWorld War I[edit] The squadron formed on 1 December 1917 at RAF Waddington, and was initially a training unit.[2] The squadron re-equipped with the Handley Page O/400 heavy bomber before moving to France in August 1917. In total, it flew 91 bombing sorties and dropped 64 tons of bombs before the end of the First World War.[2][3] Between the Wars[edit] From 17 November 1918, 97 Squadron was based at RAF Saint Inglevert, departing on 4 March 1919,[4] and re-equipping with the Airco DH.10. The squadron was later posted to India, where it remained until disbanding on 1 April 1920, after being re-numbered No
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No. 150 Squadron RAF
No. 150 Squadron RAF
No. 150 Squadron RAF
was an aircraft squadron of the Royal Air Force during both World War I and World War II.[2][3] In the early 1960s it was briefly reformed as a Strategic Missile squadron operating the Thor IRBM.Contents1 World War I 2 World War II 3 Cold war 4 Notable pilots 5 References 6 External linksWorld War I[edit] The squadron was founded in April 1918 at Salonika, Greece with elements from both No. 17 Squadron RAF
No. 17 Squadron RAF
and No. 47 Squadron RAF. It was equipped with Bristol M.1c, Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a, and Sopwith Camel aircraft during its World War I service. Ten aces served with the unit, including such notables as Gerald Gordon Bell, Charles D
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No. 166 Squadron RAF
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