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- Air force : The part of a nation's military that is responsible, at the least, for long range air warfare.
- United Kingdom : Constitutional monarchy which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Hugh Dowding : Commander of Fighter Command of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain
- Arthur Harris : Sir Arthur Harris, or Bomber Harris, headed the Royal Air Force Bomber Command during World War Two.
- Sydney Cotton : (1894-1969) Australian-born aviation pioneer and adventurer; developed British Photographic Reconnaissance Unit; arms trade after WWII
- Charles Portal : Add brief definition or description
- Avro Lancaster : The principal British heavy bomber in WWII.
- Supermarine Spitfire : A British fighter with exceptional high-altitude performance, serving in air superiority and photoreconnaissance roles from the beginning to the end of the Second World War, and retiring in 1955
- DC-3 (airliner) : Probably the most successful propeller-driven transport aircraft design, used in civilian service, and with military variants, for over 60 years called the Dakota in RAF service
- Chaff (electronic warfare) : A passive, disposable radar countermeasure using strips of metal foil or aluminized plastic, cut to match the wavelength of the expected radar, and used to send false reflections back to the radar receiver
- H2S (military) : An early imaging radar used, by the Royal Air Force, for the night bombing of Germany
- Battle of Britain : Those German offensive air strikes, and British defense, with which the Germans had intended to establish air supremacy for their proposed invasion of Britain
- Battle of the Beams : German attacks on Britain after the end of the Battle of Britain.
- Berlin Blockade : The period, from June 24, 1948 to May 11, 1949, when the Soviet Union cut all land routes to Berlin
- Operation Chastise : The Royal Air Force operation against German dams, by the "Dam Busters" of 617 Squadron
- Operation Hydra : The Royal Air Force bombing of the missile research center at Peenemunde
- Greg Bagwell : Air Vice Marshal and Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group, Royal Air Force, its senior combat command and RAF air commander in Operation ODYSSEY DAWN
- BaE Systems ALARM : A anti-radiation missile developed by the Royal Air Force, with direct attacks and parachute-borne loiter mode, slower than the U.S. AGM-88 HARM but with more advanced search and suppression capabilities
- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter : A family of 5th generation multirole fighter, being developed in versions to operate from conventional airfields, in short takeoff and vertical landing for small carrier and forward-based land operations, and in carrier-capable conventional takeoff and landing.
- F-4 Phantom II : An extremely successful third-generation fighter, the first effective multirole fighter, which, even after its replacement as a first-line fighter, continued in reconnaissance and suppression of enemy air defense roles well into the 1990s.
- MQ-9 Reaper : A U.S. Air Force medium-to-high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle, capable of both attack and intelligence, surveillance and reconnnaissance; operated by the U.S. and U.K.
- Brimstone missile : Made by MBDA, a derivative of the short-range AGM-114 Hellfire antitank missile, which has, in its most recent version, increased range and midcourse inertial/GPS guidance, and dual-mode (millimeter wave and laser guidance) terminal guidance
- Stormshadow missile : Also known as Conventionally Armed Stand Off Missile (CASOM), long-range air-to-surface missile with hard target penetrator capability, GPS/inertial midcourse guidance and thermal imaging terminal guidance; both this and French SCALP EG, made by MBDA and based on French Apache AP anti-runway missile; also used by Italy
- Panavia Tornado : A fighter aircraft, with several versions, built by a European consortium and used by a number of nations.
- Eurofighter Typhoon : Add brief definition or description
- Operation ODYSSEY DAWN : Initial air operations against Libya in March 2011, involving U.S., British and French forces as part of a larger coalition
- Diego Garcia : The largest island of the Chagos Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory (B.I.O.T.), which has had all native inhabitants removed, and is a major U.S. military base; it is the base for a prepositioning ship squadron and a forward base for bomber aircraft and air refueling tankers
- Suppression of enemy air defense : Military actions taken to reduce the effectiveness, or destroy, the radars, radio and other communications links, surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, fighter aircraft and their airbases and command posts of air defense systems
- World War II, air war : Air operations in the Second World War
- Integrated air defense system : An air defense that combines radar, anti-aircraft artillery, surface-to-air missiles, and fighter aircraft, presenting multiple layers of defense under systematic command and control