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Exercises

Volume 124: debated on Friday 11 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the low-flying avoidance area over the Isle of Man was temporarily suspended to permit low-level overflight by Royal Air Force Hercules transport aircraft participating in exercise Purple Warrior.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list Royal Air Force participation in Red Flag exercises in the United States of America since 1977, giving the number and type of Royal Air Force aircraft involved and dates of the exercises on each occasion.

The information requested is as follows:

Royal Air Force participation in Red Flag exercises
DateAircraft involved
19771
18 August to 12 September9 Buccaneer
August to September4 Vulcan
19781
21 October to 18 November9 Buccaneer
9 Jaguar
19801
26 January to 9 February9 Jaguar
9 February to 23 February9 Jaguar
19811
10 January to 22 January8 Jaguar
18 January to 30 January9 Tornado
2 Jaguar
30 January to 13 February9 Jaguar
15 October to 29 November9 Buccaneer
19831
9 January to 21 January9 Jaguar
2 Hercules
19 January to 18 February2 Buccaneer
24 January to 4 February9 Jaguar
8 Buccaneer
6 February to 18 February9 Jaguar
1984
7 January to 21 January9 Jaguar
2 Buccaneer
21 January to 4 February9 Jaguar
3 February to 17 February9 Jaguar
1985
5 January to 16 February8 Jaguar
2 Hercules
17 January to 3 February9 Jaguar
1986
21 October to 7 November9 Tornado
2 Hercules
8 November to 22 November9 Tornado
1987
20 October to 7 November9 Tornado
8 Phantom
7 November to 21 November2 Hercules
7 November to 25 November9 Tornado
8 Phantom

1 Precise central records not available for the period before 1984 although details given are thought to be broadly accurate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list Royal Air Force participation in Green Flag exercises in the United States of America since 19777, giving the number and type of Royal Air Force aircraft involved and dates of the exercise on each occasion.

The information requested is as follows:

RAF Participation in Green Flag Exercises
DateAircraft Involved
1985
4 March—15 March9 Tornado
18 March—29 March8 Tornado
1986
1 March—15 March9 Tornado
15 March—28 March9 Tornado
29 March—12 April9 Tornado
1987
2 March—13 March9 Tornado
11 March—28 March9 Tornado
28 March—15 April9 Tornado

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list Royal Air Force participation in Blue Flag exercises in the United States of America since 1977, giving the number and type of Royal Air Force aircraft involved and dates of the exercise on each occasion.

There has been no RAF participation in Blue Flag exercises in the United States of America.