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Published on March 4th, 2016 | by Jim Lee

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Video: Fly With RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert Crews

In this special report, Sky News gains exclusive access to the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) squad. Based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, the team is responsible for protecting Britain’s skies and is ready to scramble, in Eurofighter Typhoon jets, at a moment’s notice. Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall goes inside the UK’s top secret nuclear bunker and talks the pilots who would have to shoot down hostile aircraft.



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Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.



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