Stunning images marking RAF centenary

The ultimate daredevil selfie! Jet pilot’s amazing photo and Red Arrows’ Buckingham Palace flypast are among stunning images marking RAF centenary

From Typhoons soaring over the snowy mountains of the Falkland Islands to the Red Arrows flying over Buckingham Palace, they are photographs that stiffen the sinews.   

And these stunning images represent the best of more than 1,000 pictures and 25 videos entered into this year’s RAF Photographic Competition, a contest which has now run for nearly three decades.

Other impressive photographs include a firefighter involved in fire training at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, and an RAF Puma HC2 flying over Kabul in Afghanistan as part of a sortie in support of Operation Toral. 

Also entered into the competition was a shot of an RAF Airbus A400M Atlas taking part in the Royal International Air Tattoo, and an RAF Typhoon taxiing to the threshold at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. 

Another amazing picture showed a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fighter pilot sheltering from the sun at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire under his Spitfire while an aerobatic display team banked in formation overhead.

But the top prize went to Sergeant Rob Travis for his stunning portfolio of Typhoons and Voyagers taken in the Falkland Islands, which won first place in the RAF Photographer of the Year section.

The competition, which also features a corporal’s ‘Selfie’ taken during a routine training sortie over Anglesey in North Wales, is intended to showcase the RAF’s work and the skills of its service and civilian photographers. 

‘Selfie’ taken by Corporal Tim Laurence RAF, during a routine training sortie over the coast of Anglesey, Wales, in an RAF Hawk T2, from IV Squadron based at RAF Valley, entered in the People’s Choice category in the RAF Photographer of the Year

An RAF Puma HC2 flying over Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of a sortie in support of Operation Toral, titled ‘Flaring Up’ by Corporal Lee Matthews – entered in the People’s Choice category in the RAF Photographer of the Year 2018 competition


Corporal Emma Pook, one of two women firefighters at RAF Benson, in a photo taken during section fire training (left); and a Red Arrows flypast over London on July 10 in the Royal Air Force’s centenary year, taken by Corporal Tim Laurence (right)

Two RAF Typhoons flying over the mountains in the West Falklands in a photograph taken by Sergeant Rob Travis RAF, part of a portfolio which won first place in the RAF Photographer of the Year of the 2018 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition

Flight Lieutenant Andy Preece, a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Fighter Pilot, shelters from the sun at RAF Fairford under the wing of his PR MkXIX Spitfire while the Spanish Patrulla Aguila aerobatic display team bank in formation overhead

An RAF Airbus A400M Atlas taking part in the Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 titled ‘Last of the Titans’by Senior Aircraftman Chris Thompson-Watts, part of a portfolio which took second place in the RAF Photographer of the Year


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An RAF Voyager taking off from Mount Pleasant Complex on the Falkland Islands, in another photo by Sergeant Rob Travis

A photo called ‘Six One Seven’ by Corporal Tim Laurence which took second place in the RAF 100 section of the competition

A Royal Air Force Typhoon taxiing to the threshold at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, in a photograph taken by Corporal Lee Matthews


A 2018 Typhoon Display Team performing at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2018, titled Up, ‘Up and Away’ by Senior Aircraftman Chris Thompson-Watts (left), and RAF Red Arrows during the transit from Kuwait City to Doha, Qatar, as part of the RAFAT Eastern Hawk Tour 2017, titled ‘Parallels’ taken by Senior Aircraftman Hannah Smoker )rogjt_

The RAF’s new F-35B Lightning salutes the crowd at the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo, in a photo titled ‘Look Who Popped In’ by Senior aircraftman Chris Thompson-Watts, part of a portfolio which took third place in the RAF 100 section

‘Circles of Confusion’ by Sergeant Rachel Malthouse, which took third place in the RAF Photographic Section Portfolio

Typhoons taken from the back seat of a Typhoon T2, by Senior Aircraftman Laura Bullas, during a 6 Squadron sortie as part of Exercise Magic Carpet, Oman, titled ‘Belly Up’. The photo was entered in the People’s Choice category in the competition

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