News Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was fatally injured after being ejected from his Hawk T1 aircraft

Flt Lt Cunningham was killed at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire after he was accidentally ejected while his aircraft was on the ground

An RAF Apache helicopter

£760m deal for AgustaWestland: MoD contracts boost 1,000 helicopter jobs to future-proof Merlin and Apache helicopter fleets

Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.

RAF Fairford, which was used as a US Air Force base for B-52 bombers during the 2003 Iraq war

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Nearly £6,000 worth of Viagra stolen from Ministry of Defence since 2007

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Former US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned the UK against reducing the size of its military

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The Former US secretary said a reduction in personnel would damage the UK's ability to be a partner with America

US nuclear launch officers in charge of 'big red button' in drug use investigation

Air Force probe expands to UK air base and five more in America

Those who've fought, teach: Yes to ex-military teachers but no to cadet units in schools

Former members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have a lot to offer – experience of life, for a start

A Tornado jet flying during a trial of 3D printed components, manufactured by the defence contractor, which could lead the way for further military use on the type

RAF jets fly with parts produced on 3D printers

UK fighter jets have flown for the first time with parts made using 3D printing technology.

Ali Aydi, right, the uncle of Rania Alayed and a friend put flowers at a layby next to the A19 near Thirsk in North Yorkshire

Family of missing Manchester woman Rania Alayed appeal for information

Does a moorland road hold the vital clue to solving her death?

Radar domes at RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, which serves as a relay centre for CIA agent communications

Exclusive: MoD tightens security at American spy bases linked to drone strikes

'Draconian' laws would help the US cover up illegal activities

Two sailors rescued after being caught in violent storm on the Atlantic Ocean as they returned from Transat Jacques Vabre

The pair were picked up Norwegian freighter en route for Rotterdam after previous attempts to help them failed

Annette Hill: Aviator who flew 12 different aircraft while performing vital wartime service as an RAF transport pilot

A Dublin convent girl's enthusiasm to join in the wider world's great events in 1942 spirited Annette Mahon first to wartime Northern Ireland, and then to Scotland, where she flew aircraft including the Spitfire as one of the Royal Air Force Air Transport Auxiliary's elite women pilots. The records suggest that Third Officer Mahon was the only woman among a mere handful of nationals from Eamon de Valera's neutral Republic of Ireland to join Britain's air force during the Second World War.

MoD pays out £100,000 to female RAF recruits injured from marching in step with the men

Compensation amounts are higher than those awarded to soldiers who endured severe gunshot wounds in Afghanistan

Iveson and comrades: he always wore a white scarf in case he was shot down over Germany. 'I
don’t want them to think we’re scruffs,' he would say

Tony Iveson: Second World War pilot who served in the Battle of Britain in a Spitfire and helped sink the 'Tirpitz' in a Lancaster

Tony Iveson flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain and later the Lancaster Bomber, in which he was part of the group which sank Hitler's flagship, the Tirpitz. Serving as a flying instructor for two years after the Battle of Britain, he then flew many missions over Germany as a member of the 617 Squadron – the "Dambusters". His love affair with the Lancaster continued for the rest of his life and he flew the last remaining Lancaster at the age of 89. He then wrote Lancaster – the Biography (2008) with Brian Milton in 2009. But nothing in his life became him more than the memorial for which he campaigned tirelessly in his final years for his comrades in Bomber Command, around 55,500 of whom gave their lives to keep Hitler from these shores.

Misunderstood: Biggles creator W E Johns, pictured in 1960

Biggles flies uncensored: more whisky, less jingoism

World View: W E Johns's tales about the often derided but intrepid fighter pilot have been unfairly maligned

Charlene White hits back after racist abuse for not wearing a poppy

Charlene White received racist insults following her decision to remain 'neutral' to charities while on-air

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