The Royal Air Force is fielding around a tenth of its available front-line, fixed-wing fleet in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hardly, at first glance, a taxing number. Bald figures, however, can be deceptive. Some 30 fixed-wing aircraft of varying types are being used to support efforts in the two countries. While the RAF is meeting the operational demands placed upon it, there's currently little slack left in certain areas of the system. Air Chief Marshal Joe French, the commander ...


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