I really, really don't understand the the RAF culture sometimes. I remember sometime ago seeing a piece in Defence Focus about Typhoons on ops and emblazoned across the nose of this thing was the phrase 'Celebrating 50 years of flight (or something very similiar)' which struck me as seriously odd given that a Typhoon is weapons platform designed to destroy things, not a pleasure aircraft used for jollies around the sky. Last week I was driving back from LWC through the plain when a couple of Chinooks hoofed it across the road and again, I saw something writ large on the rear rotor thingy which looked suspiciously like another bout of self-promotion. After firing up DII this morning, there's a piece on 12 Mech Bde going to Afghan with a nice picture of a Chinook doing what it does best. On closer inspection, it says something like Chinook 30 years, has Royal Air Force and something else which I can't quite make out but it's the very same thing I saw last week. Now, I'm all for a bit of self-promotion but this is just bloody ridiculous. I could understand it if it was emblazoned across a commercial aircraft but why do the RAF insist on scribbling self-promoting slogans all over their equipment? Why don't the Army or the RN do it? **** me, the RN are good at this sort of thing but even they stop short of 'Celebrating 100 years of maritime activity' or somesuch. What about the Army? Shall we start scribbling over our light weapons or our Artillery? This is a genuinely serious question, who makes the decision to scrawl stupid slogans over the RAF's aircraft and why?