Just when you’re feeling a bit sorry for yourself, a long-lost friend pops up on Flickr with this. Very nice, and no doubt very noisy!
It has been a long and expensive wait, but Britain has now been handed its first Joint Strike Fighter jet, also known as the F-35.
Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond flew out in person to the searing heat of Fort Worth, Texas, for the official handover ceremony from its US manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
He says it is “the best warplane money can buy”. But it is an eye-watering sum – the current cost of each jet is more than £100m.
After watching Britain’s first F-35 take to the skies, Mr Hammond said “this is money well spent”.
He said it would give the RAF and Royal Navy “a world class fighting capability” with the ability to “project power” off the two new aircraft carriers now under construction, anywhere in the world.
Hammond, stop the warmongering. The UK is not a “world power” any more, and we shouldn’t be pretending we are. What is this “power” you want to project anyway? Planning on attacking Iran on the coat tails of the US are we?
Anyway, £100 million pounds for one plane, for an aircraft carrier we haven’t finished yet. I’m not sure we can afford a second plane, so I propose the RAF and Royal Navy sort out a time share on the one we have got. The US military-industrial complex must be rubbing its hands with glee.
The site of a former radar station in Kent which played a role in defending Britain during WWII is to be auctioned.
RAF Dunkirk near Faversham was built in 1937 to provide early warning of bombing raids over the Thames Estuary area.
Psst! Want to buy an old radar station?
I’ve been following Royal Air Force Sgt Ford on Twitter, and his blog, for a little while. I have found it inspiring and moving.
I have always been against our military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I will always fully support the men and women sent out to do the dirty work at the behest of nobody politicians.