In an interview with Steve Wilmot, Flight Lieutenant Noel Rees of 29 (Reserve) Squadron explains how the RAF's Quick Reaction Alert continues to defend British airspace seamlessly, night and day, in a way that has changed little in more than 70 years.
OK - how would Arrsers react to - 'RAF no longer maintain an armed QRA(I) because some fat old blokes who saw some service decades ago in W Germany think that RAF personnel are nothing more that 'wet pants'.'
Nice to know that we have 4th generation+ supersonic interceptors armed to the teeth with multi-modal weapons available 24/7 at near-cockpit readiness.
"The RAF has been doing this ever since the Battle of Britain in 1940, when the likes of Douglas Bader intercepted the Luftwaffe aircraft determined to defeat the Spitfire and Hurricanes of Fighter Command and bring the country to its knees."
What? Does he mean they sit around in deckchairs smoking pipes and stroking the ears of black labradors waiting for someone to ring a bell?