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Blue Sky Warriors: The RAF in Afghanistan in Their Own Words

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Since 2006 the RAF has provided major air support in southern Afghanistan to help with reconstruction and to support the authority of the Afghan government. Its personnel and aircraft have been very heavily involved in everything from tactical reconnaissance and close air-support to in-theatre airlift and air-refueling. Author Antony Loveless presents the personal stories of a complete cross-section of the RAF’s personnel deployed on the frontline in Afghanistan - from the Air Commander in overall charge on the ...

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Since 2006 the RAF has provided major air support in southern Afghanistan to help with reconstruction and to support the authority of the Afghan government. Its personnel and aircraft have been very heavily involved in everything from tactical reconnaissance and close air-support to in-theatre airlift and air-refueling. Author Antony Loveless presents the personal stories of a complete cross-section of the RAF’s personnel deployed on the frontline in Afghanistan - from the Air Commander in overall charge on the airside, down through his section commanders, to the pilots, engineers, loadmasters and all those on the ground who make it happen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857331199
  • Publisher: Haynes Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Antony Loveless is a freelance journalist and photographer and has flown with the RAF, sailed beneath the Atlantic in a Royal Navy nuclear submarine. His work has appeared in The Guardian, BBC, Zoo, Sky News, Real, Bizarre, Royal Air Force Magazine, Defence Helicopter, Airliner World, Pilot, Skydiving and Despatches. He is also a regular contributor to two news agencies on a range of issues. In January 2004 Antony was appointed as Baghdad Bureau Chief for the London Press Service, a position he held until the handover of power to the Iraqis in June. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Wing Commander Andy Lewis, Oc I(F) Squadron,Harrier Gr9 pilot 18

Flight Sergeant Ed Collins, Air Movements Specialist 35

Sac Sarah Jones, Chef 47

Squadron Leader Matt Carter Mc, Forward Air Controller 59

Squadron Leader Roly Smith, Oc 591 Signals Unit 87

Flight Lieutenant Matt Eartlett, Hercules pilot 95

Flight Lieutenant Eleanor Jayne Lodge, Chinook pilot 107

Flight Lieutenant Jamie 'Chalkie' White, Tactical Supply Wing 122

Air Commodore Bob Judson, Comkaf 131

Squadron Leader Neil 'Ebbo' Ebberson, Nimrod navigator 150

Wing Commander Wilf Pugsley Frcs, Consultant Military General Surgeon 163

Corporal James Taylor, Chinook engineer 175

SAC Ian 'Seth' Setterington, RAF Fire and Rescue Service 186

Flight Lieutenant Garrick Hill, Reaper pilot 195

Wing Commander Eileen Buchan, British Embassy Counter-Narcotics Team 205

Sergeant Simon Scholes, Forward Air Controller, RAF Regiment 224

Wing Commander Andy Gray, Chief of Staff, 904 Eaw 235

Flight Lieutenant Alex 'Frenchie' Duncan Dfc, Chinook pilot 251

Postscript 267

Glossary of Terms 271

Index 276

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