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1 ISR Wing Fifth Anniversary

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the formation of No. 1 Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Wing (1 ISR Wing), a Force Element under the ISTAR Air Wing. We take data from multiple sources and produce intelligence for a wide […]


‘As OIC Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for RAF Waddington, Flt Lt Kelly Mahon is responsible for the co-ordination of over 80 STEM Ambassadors based at Waddington. RAF STEM Ambassadors take part in a wide range of events throughout […]

A day in the life of a UK Reaper LNO

In order to provide the UK MQ-9 Reaper support to operations around the world, the RAF not only relies on the 2 frontline Squadrons based at both Creech AFB, Nevada and RAF Waddington to fly the missions, but also on […]

Career Pursuit Magazine

The new, pioneering career guide for Military spouses, partners, and veterans On 21st June 2021 the Barclays and RAF Astra sponsored career guide, Career Pursuit, will arrive at Military base information offices across the UK and online. Seen by many […]

Area51 Summer 2021

Hello and greetings once again from all of us here at 51 Sqn. After a busy winter, 2021 so far has only seen the tempo increase with short notice change to our operational focus, the homecoming of one of our […]

51 Sqn History Corner: Origins

In this edition, Sgt Phil Howle of the Sqn Heritage Team, looks back to the very beginnings of 51 Sqn: In 1916, there was a growing threat from the German Zeppelins, a number of fighter squadrons were established to counter […]

Lockdown Thursday

Alongside their busy operational tempo supporting global Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) operations, 1 ISR Wg have been keeping busy during the most recent national lockdown with a series of ‘lockdown Thursday’ events. The events, ran jointly between the Wg’s […]

Stn Trg Day 30 Apr 21

Due to COVID-19 restrictions this training day was different to most of its predecessors, as we couldn’t mix personnel from around the station for face to face training. FDS worked very hard to come up with a programme that would […]

Operation CROSSBOW

In May 1942, over Peenemünde in north eastern Germany, a reconnaissance Spitfire flown by Flt Lt Donald Steventon diverted from his main target and captured images of an airfield with three concrete-and-earth circles. Thought to be insignificant, the images actually […]

‘300km in 28 days’ Challenge

Throughout the month of February 2021, 14 members of 54 Signals Unit embarked on a gruelling challenge that involved either running, walking, or cycling over a distance of 300km in just 28 days – if you were wondering, that’s around […]

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