Topic: Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom

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  • Five noteworthy aspects of Britain's tough spending plan

    Five noteworthy aspects of Britain's tough spending plan

    Britain announced budget cuts Wednesday that are part of a five-year austerity plan and the largest public spending reductions since World War II. Cuts will average 19 percent for most departments, but welfare benefits take a strong hit and some departments' budgets will be trimmed by as much as 23 percent.

  • Prince William gets his search-and-rescue wings

    Prince William gets his search-and-rescue wings

    Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne, is receiving a certificate and his Royal Air Force squadron badge in a small ceremony Friday.

  • 70 years on, London commemorates surviving the 'blitz'

    70 years on, London commemorates surviving the 'blitz'

    The 70th anniversary of the start of the Nazi 'Blitz' on England today was commemorated near St. Paul's Cathedral, which survived the bombing campaign as much of the city around it was reduced to rubble.

  • Opinion Budget cuts are cracking the West's defenses

    Facing budget shortfalls, Britain and France must make difficult choices that could reshape how Western allies meet common security challenges.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 07/19

    David Barber, Queen Elizaberth's swan marker, holds a swan during the annual Swan Upping ceremony on England's River Thames between Shepperton and Windsor on Monday. Swans and cygnets are counted and examined during the ceremony. The five-day census of the swan population dates back to the 12th century when the crown claimed ownership of all mute swans. Today, the crown retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, but the queen only exercises her ownership on certain stretches of the River Thames and its surrounding tributaries.

  • In Pictures Flight school

    Alpha Jets fly above the Arcachon Basin in western France. Founded in 1995, the Operational Transitional School at Cazaux has welcomed young fighter pilots from the French Air Force for over 18 years. Since 2005, it has also opened its doors to international pilots from Belgium and Germany. Having recently received their wings, these pilots take final advanced courses in air combat before being posted to their flight squadrons.

  • Tea with J.D Salinger

    Tea with J.D Salinger

    In 1969, J.D. Salinger came to visit and offered some blunt advice to an aspiring writer.

  • Monitor writers celebrate ‘unique’ moments

    Monitor writers celebrate ‘unique’ moments

    From crawling on the carpet with Ronald Reagan to sipping tea with the Che Guevara of Afghanistan, former staffers recount stories as the Monitor transitions to new formats.

  • The Irregulars

    Roald Dahl's days as a savvy British spy in wartime Washington.

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