Episodes
Published 05/17/22
Air shows are back! Later in this episode we’ll hear an RAF photographer’s top ten tips for capturing the perfect air show photograph. But first, we visit RAF Cosford as they prepare to put on the RAF’s last remaining air show. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 05/17/22
In the concluding part of this two part special edition of InsideAIR, we re-join Sqn Ldr Sarah as she investigates the work of Tactical Medical Wing. Hear about TMW capabilities, including mental health and critical care aeromedical evacuation, future developments and the role of RAF Medical Reserves. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 05/03/22
When the UK deploys its Armed Forces around the globe, the RAF’s Tactical Medical Wing is standing by to respond to medical emergencies and bring injured or ill sailors, soldiers and aviators safely home. In part one of this two-part special edition of InsideAIR, we hear from the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) and the Deployed Aeromedical Response Team Squadron (DARTS).   InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 04/19/22
Before the RAF sends its Expeditionary Air Wings on ops, it makes sure they are prepared to deal with both the expected and the unexpected. We sent our correspondent SAC Emma Kirwan to the Operational Training Centre at RAF Leeming to find out how this is achieved. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 04/05/22
Exercise RED FLAG maximises the combat readiness, capability and survivability of participating units. It's held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, USA and is now a regular event for the Royal Air Force. In this episode, you’ll hear from Flight Lieutenant 'Buzz', an RAF Typhoon pilot on his first Red Flag. He talks to one of the experienced United States Air Force ‘aggressor’ pilots he’ll be up against. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF...
Published 03/22/22
Mandy Hickson is a former Royal Air Force fast jet pilot and lived through part of the RAF’s journey to becoming more inclusive. In this episode, Mandy speaks to InsideAIR about her experiences as a Tornado pilot on a frontline Squadron. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 03/08/22
If you’d like to see what day to day tech the RAF will be using in the future, a visit to the Innovation Hub at RAF Leeming should give you some clues. We sent our correspondent Flt Lt Chris Sully to meet the RAFX (eXperimental) team and find out about Spot, a four-legged agile mobile robot. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 02/22/22
The RAF plans to achieve net zero by 2040, but for a military service that flies jets, that presents an incredible challenge. From synthetic aviation fuel to biogas, the RAF is working towards a carbon-neutral future, both in the air and on the ground. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 02/08/22
They have four wheels, they’re green and have artificial intelligence – but no driver. In a great example of how the Astra programme is shaping the Royal Air Force of tomorrow, RAF Brize Norton has been trialling the use of self-driving autonomous vehicles or 'robot cars'. Find out how they coped with delivering spares and supplies across the RAF's largest station. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 01/25/22
InsideAIR launched in January 2021 and to mark our first anniversary, we thought we’d replay some memorable moments from the top ten episodes so far (based on number of downloads on release day). Which was your favourite episode and did it make the top ten? InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.  
Published 01/11/22
Meet Senior Aircraftman Alan Thomas in this week’s InsideAIR. Just over a year ago, experienced musician Alan decided to trade his comfortable seat in an orchestra for a place on parade in all weathers with RAF Music Services. We follow Alan as he prepares to perform at one of the Nation’s most important events of the year. Find out how Alan copes with the pressure, what RAF musicians do when they’re deployed and get let into one of their most closely guarded secrets! InsideAIR is...
Published 12/28/21
After 7 months at sea, the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has returned. A decade in the making, CSG 21 combines the capabilities of the RAF and Royal Navy to support global operations. Find out how the two services have worked together to deliver the Lightning Force and hear RAF personnel share their experiences of going to sea and maritime aviation.  InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 12/14/21
Magic Carpet is an annual exercise that allows personnel from the RAF and Royal Air Force of Oman to work, train and socialise together. This year they were also joined by the Qatar Emiri Air Force. We asked our correspondent Flight Lieutenant Ronan Carey to find out what went on both in the air and on the ground. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 11/30/21
Per Ardua Ad Astra - 'through adversity to the stars'. It’s the RAF’s motto, but how does this apply its people, both uniformed and MOD Civil Service? Is social mobility possible in today's RAF and can anyone 'reach the stars'? Plus, we look into the Chief of the Air Staff’s Fellowship that can fund aviators of any rank through a masters degree or even a doctorate. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 11/16/21
Unmistakable because of its giant rotating dish, the airliner sized E-3D Sentry, also known as AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), recently flew its final operational mission before retirement later this year. Join us on board to find out what made Sentry so special. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 11/02/21
Operations at the UK’s new Space Command, what future RAF stations will look like, VR to improve fire-fighting training and new tech at the RAF Officer Training Academy. These are just some of the subjects put under the spotlight at the Astra Technology Exposure Day. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 10/19/21
Using mobile apps is part of everyday life for most people, but technology experts believe we’ve only scratched the surface of app capability. The Astra Appivate team focus on the professional, rapid and agile delivery of mobile applications for the Royal Air Force. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 10/05/21
Ceremonial swords are a common sight on parade squares but how would you fair in a fight using a foil, epee or sabre? We asked two Senior Aircraftmen from the RAF Fencing Association what this niche sport means to them and how it transcends social boundaries. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 09/21/21
If you want to know who has the best super power in the Royal Air Force, look no further than the RAF’s military working dogs. Whether it’s protecting people, fighting crime or sniffing out danger, Air Dogs play a vital role today’s high tech Royal Air Force. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 09/07/21
The RAF regularly contributes to NATO Enhanced Air Policing missions in Europe. Currently, Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft are deployed to Romania on Operation BILOXI. Our correspondent Sqn Ldr Steve finds out what we’re up to, how it’s going and what the RAF’s presence means to the people of Romania.   InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 08/24/21
The RAF encourages all its people to get involved in sport, but if you’re good enough to compete at the highest level, you could receive a package of support to help make you a champion. In this episode, our correspondent Flight Lieutenant Chris Sully meets some of the RAF’s Elite and High Performance Athletes. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services.
Published 08/10/21
It takes years of study and training before an RAF pilot earns their coveted wings and can progress to operational flying. In episode 15 we looked at helicopter training at RAF Shawbury. Today in episode 17, we visit RAF Valley and RAF Cranwell and reveal the pathway to becoming a multi-engine or jet fighter pilot. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 07/27/21
Working on Operations from desert air bases in the Middle East and Cyprus are the men and women of 83 Expeditionary Air Group. The combined efforts of HQ 83 EAG, its Expeditionary Air Wings and Force Elements are pivotal in combatting Daesh. If you’re in the RAF and haven’t deployed there yet, chances are you will sometime in the future. Our correspondents are Squadron Leader Mel & Flight Lieutenant Jordan. InsideAIR is produced for the RAF by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF...
Published 07/13/21
Learning to fly a helicopter is notoriously challenging, so what does it take to earn your pilot’s wings? We asked one of the RAF’s most recent graduates from No. 1 Flying Training School at RAF Shawbury. Our correspondent is Flight Sergeant Gemma Bibby. InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves. Theme music by RAF Music Services. 
Published 06/29/21