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Aircraft of the Royal Air Force

Fast Jet
Name 
Powerplant
Thrust
Wingspan
Length
Height
Max Weight
Int/Ext Fuel
Max
Range

Max Speed
& Altitude

Tornado F3:
Air defence interceptor  
Two Turbo Union RB199 turbofans
16,410lbs each
8.6m
(28ft 2ins)
to 13.91m
(45ft 7ins)
18.62m
(61ft 1ins)
5.95m
(19ft 6ins) 
T/O: 28,059kg
(61,729lbs) 
  
 
Sp: Mach 2.2
Alt: 70,000ft
Tornado GR4/Alt:
All-weather strike or reconnaissance  
Two Turbo Union RB199 turbofans
16,000lbs each
8.6m
(28ft 2ins)
to 13.91m
(45ft 7ins)
16.72m
(54ft 10ins)
5.95m
(19ft 6ins)
T/O: 28,059kg
(61,729lbs)
Int: 5141kg
(11,310lbs)
Ext: 1800kg
(3960lbs)
(under wing tanks)
 
Sp:  Mach 1.3
Alt: 50,000ft
Harrier GR7:
STOVL multi-role combat  
RR Pegasus Mk 105 turbofan
21,750lbs
9.25m
(30ft 4ins)
14.36m
(47ft 2ins)
3.55m
(11ft 8ins)
STO: 14,091kg
(31,000lbs)
VTO: 8614kg
(18,950lbs)
Int: 3527kg
(7,759lbs)
Ext: 3669kg
(8071lbs)
(four drop tanks) 
 
Sp: 575kts
(661mph)
Alt: 43,000ft
Jaguar GR3/Alt:
Offensive counter air, close air support and tactical recon- naisance
Two Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour turbofans
8249lbs each
8.69m
(28ft 6ins) 
16.83m
(55ft 2ins) 
4.89m
(16ft 1ins)
T/O: 15,733kg
(34,612lbs) 
Int: 3344kg
(7357lbs) 
Ext: 2850kg (6270lbs)
(three drop tanks)
 
Sp: Mach 1.4
Alt: 46,000ft
Typhoon F2:
High performance multi-role fighter   
Two Eurojet EJ200 turbofans 
20,000lbs each
10.95m
(35ft 11ins) 
15.96m
(52ft 4ins) 
5.28m
(17ft 4ins) 
T/O: 21,044kg
(46,297lbs) 
  
1000nmls plus
Sp: Mach 2
Alt: 65,000ft
Joint Combat Aircraft:
STOVL multi-role fighter/ attack 
Pratt & Whitney F-135 turbofan 
37,000lbs
10.67m
(35ft 2ins) 
15.52m
(50ft 11ins) 
4.6m
(14ft 11ins)
T/O: 22,727kg
(50,000lbs)
  
 
Sp: Mach 1.8
Alt: 50,000ft plus
Reconnaissance
Name Powerplant Thrust Wingspan Length Height Max T/O
Weight 
Internal
Fuel
Max
Endurance
Max Speed
& Altitude 
E-3D Sentry:
Surveillance and airborne command and control
Four CFM 56 2A-3 turbofans 24,000lbs each 44.98m
(147ft 7ins)
46.68m
(153ft 3ins)
12.7m
(41ft 7ins)
151,136kg
(332,500lbs)
  11 hours Sp: 460kts
(530mph)
Alt: 35,000ft plus
Sentinel RMk1:
Airborne stand-off radar  
Two RRD BR710 turbofans 14,9000lbs 28.65m
(94ft 3ins)
30.3m
(99ft 5ins)
7.57m
(24ft 10ins)
42,500kg
(93,500lbs)
  15hrs
(internal fuel)
Sp: Mach 0.88
Alt: 51,000ft
Nimrod R1:
Reconnaissance and electronic
intelligence gathering
Four Rolls-Royce Spey 251 turbofans 12,140lbs each 35m
(114ft 9ins)
35.86m
(117ft 8ins)
9.14m
(30ft 2ins)
83,636kg
(184,000lbs)
38,182kg
(84,000lbs)
10hrs
(internal fuel)
Sp: 360kts
(420mph)
Alt: 44,000ft
Canberra PR9:
Photographic and electro-optical reconnaissance
Two Rolls-Royce Avon Mk 206 turbofans 11,250lbs each 20.66m
(67ft 10ins)
20.36m
(66ft 10ins)
4.75m
(15ft 7ins)
24,227kg
(53,300lbs)
    Sp: 450kts
(520mph)
Alt: 48,000ft
Transport and Refuelling
Name Powerplant Thrust Propeller Wingspan Length Max Range Height Max T/O
Weight 
Max Speed
& Altitude 
Other
Hercules C-130:
Tactical support and transport
Four Allison AE 2100D3 turboprops 4591shp each Dowty R39 six-blade variable pitch propeller 40.38m
(132ft 7ins)
34.34m
(112ft 9ins)
(CMk4)
29.77m
(97ft 9ins)
(CMk5)
3000nmls     Sp: 340kts
(400mph)
Alt: 32,000ft
Tailplane Span: 16.04m
(52ft 8ins)
C-17A
GLOBEMASTER III:
Long range, strategic heavy-lift transport 
Four Pratt and Whitney F117-
PW-100 turbofans
40,400lbs each   52m
(170ft 8ins)  
53m
(174ft)  
4,700nmls 16.79m
(55ft 2ins) 
265,909kg
(585,000lbs)
Sp: Mach 0.875
Alt:  45,000ft
 
A400M:
Tactical and strategic airlift
Four EPI TP400-D6 turboprops  11,000shp each  8-blade variable pitch fully
feathering 
42.4m
(139ft 1ins) 
42.2m (138ft 5ins)  4100nmls  14.7m
(48ft 3ins)
  Sp: Mach 0.72
Alt: 40,000ft   
Tailplane Span: 19.65m
(64ft 6ins)
VC10:
Passenger/freight transport or air refuelling 
Four Rolls-Royce Conway
turbojets 
20,000lbs each    44.55m
(146ft 2ins)   
48.36m
(158ft 8ins) 
5000nmls    151,800kg
(333,960lbs)
Sp: Mach 0.86
Alt: 43,000ft
 
Tristar:
Long-range passenger/freight or air refuelling  
Three Rolls-Royce RB211
turbofans 
50,000lbs each    50.09m
(164ft 4ins)  
50.05m
(164ft 2ins) 
  16.87m
(55ft 4ins) 
245,455kg
(540,000lbs)
Sp: 520kts
(599mph)
Alt: 43,000ft   
Int Fuel: 96,927kg
(213,240lbs)
BAE 146 CC2:
Royal or VVIP transport and communication  
4 Avco Lycoming ALF502R-5
turbofans 
6790lbs each    26.8m
(86ft 5ins) 
26.18m
(85ft 10ins) 
  8.61m
(28ft 3ins) 
37,308kg
(82,078lbs)
Sp: 300kts
(483mph at
24,000ft)
Alt: 30,000ft   
Max Fuel: 10,300kg
(22,660lbs)
HS125 CC3:
Royal or VVIP transport and communication 
Two Garrett TFE731-3-1H
turbofans 
7400lbs total    14.33m
(47ft) 
15.46m
(50ft 8ins) 
  5.49m
(18ft) 
11,590kg
(25,498lbs)
 Sp: 320kts
(368mph)
Alt: 41,000ft
 
Maritime                  
Name Powerplant

Thrust

Wingspan Length Height Max T/O
Weight 
Internal
Fuel
Max
Endurance
Max Speed
& Altitude 
Nimrod MR2:
Anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare and search and rescue 
Four Rolls-Royce Spey 250 turbofans 12,500lbs each  35m
(114ft 9ins) 
38.65m
(126ft 9in) 
9.14m
(30ft 1ins) 
83,636kg
(184,000lbs) 
38,182kg
(84,000lbs)
9.5hrs
(int fuel)
Sp: 360kts
(420mph)
Alt: 44,000ft
Nimrod MRA4:
Anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare and
search and rescue 
Four RRD BR710 turbofans  14,900lbs each  38.71m
(127ft) 
38.63m
(126ft 9in) 
9.14m
(30ft) 
105,075kg
(231,165lbs)
38,182kg
(84,000lbs)
15hrs
(int fuel) 
Sp: Mach 0.77
Alt: 42,000ft
Flying Training
Name Powerplant

Thrust

Rating Wingspan Length Height Max T/O
Weight 
Max Range Max Speed
& Altitude 
Hawk TMk1/1A:
Fast-jet pilot advanced flying training   
Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour turbofan  5200lbs    9.39m
(30ft 10ins) 
11.9m
(39ft 3ins) 
3.99m
(13ft 1ins) 
5700kg
(12,540lbs)
  Sp: 550kts
(633mph)
Alt: 48,000ft     
Tucano TMk1:
Pilot and weapons systems officer (WSO) basic flying training   
Garrett TPE331-12B turboprop  1150shp    11.28m
(37ft 1ins) 
9.86m
(32ft 4ins) 
3.4m
(11ft 2ins) 
3182kg
(7000lbs) 
  Sp: 300kts
(345mph)
Alt: 30,000ft     
Tutor:
Elementary flying training and air experience 
Textron Lycoming AE-360-B piston engine    180hp 10.00m
(32ft 8ins)
7.79m
(25ft 7ins) 
2.82m
(9ft 3ins) 
992kg
(2183lbs) 
  Sp: 135kts
(155mph)
Alt: 10,000ft     
Firefly T67 M260:
Initial pilot training, prior to multi-engine training
Textron Lycoming flat six-cylinder engine    260hp 10.72m
(35ft 3ins) 
7.48m
(24ft 7ins) 
2.29m
(7ft 6ins) 
1159kg
(2550lbs) 
650nmls Sp: 154kts
(177mph)
at sea level
Alt: 10,000 ft      
Dominie TMk1:
Multi-crew advanced flying training   
Two Rolls-Royce Viper Mk 301 turbojets  3310lbs each    14.33m
(47ft 1ins) 
14.48m
(47ft 5ins)
4.87m
(16ft 0ins) 
21,000lbs   Sp: 284kts
(327mph)
Alt: 42,000ft
     
Jetstream TMk1:
Multi-engined advance pilot training  
Two Turbomeca Astazou
Mk16D turboprops 
  968eshp each 15.86m
(52ft 1ins) 
14.36m
(47ft 2ins) 
5.33m
(17ft 6ins) 
6000kg
(13,200lbs) 
  Sp: 230kts
(265mph)
Alt: 25,000ft     
Vigilant TMk1:
Single-engined motor glider 
Grob 2500E1 horizontally
opposed four-cylinder, air-
cooled engine 
  95hp 17.40m
(57ft 1ins) 
8.10m
(26ft 6ins) 
1.70m
(5ft 6ins) 
908kg
(1998lbs) 
  Sp: 130kts
(149mph)
Alt: 8,000ft
Viking TMk1:
Two-seat, high-performance glider
Can be winch launched or aero-towed     17.50m
(57ft 4ins) 
8.18m
(26ft 9ins)
1.55m
(5ft 1ins)
625kg
(1375lbs)
  Sp: 135kts
(155mph)
Alt: 8,000ft
Helicopters
Name

Powerplant

Thrust Length Fuselage
Length
Height Height Rotor
Diameter/
Span
Endurance Max T/O
Weight
Max Airspeed
& Altitude
Chinook HC2/2A/3:
Troop and load carrying heavy-lift support  
Two Textron Lycoming T55-L712F turboshafts  3750shp each 30.18m
(99ft)
15.54m
(51ft) 
  5.78m
(18ft 11ins)
18.29m
(60ft) 
2 3/4hrs
internal tanks 
24,500kg
(53,900lbs) 
Airsp: 160kts
(185mph)
Alt: 15,000ft    
Merlin HC3:
Ground force tactical and strategic support  
Three Rolls-Royce Turbomec RTM 322 turbines  2263shp each 22.8m
(74ft 9ins)  
19.43m
(63ft 9ins) 
  6.62m
(21ft 9ins) 
18.6m
(61ft 1ins) 
4 hrs
(600nmls)
internal tanks 
14,600kg
(32,120lbs) 
Airsp: 167kts
(192mph)
Alt:  15,000ft 
Puma HC1:
Twin-engined battlefield tactical support   
Two Turbomeca Turmo 3-C4
turbines 
1300shp each 14.08m
(46ft 2ins)  
  3.00m
(9ft 9ins) 
4.54m
(14ft 11ins) 
5.09m
(49ft 7ins) 
  7400kg
(16,280lbs) 
Airsp: 147kts
(170mph)
Alt: 17,000ft 
Sea King HAR 3/3A:
Search and Rescue  
Two Rolls-Royce Gnome
turboshaft 
2778shp
combined
22.15m
(72ft 8ins)  
14.4m
(47ft 3ins) 
4.98m
(116ft 4ins)
5.13m
(16ft 10ins) 
18.90m
(62ft 2ins) 
  9705kg
(21,350lbs) 
Airsp: 125kts
(144mph)
Alt: 10,000ft 
Griffin HT1:
Advanced multi-engined flying training 
Two Pratt & Whitney PT6T-3D turboshafts  1800shp
combined 
17.11
(56ft 2ins) 
12.7m
(41ft 8ins) 
  3.48m
(11ft 5ins) 
14.02
(46ft 3ins) 
  5409kg
(11,900lbs) 

Airsp: 140kts
(161mph)
Alt: 20,000ft

 
Squirrel HT1:
Single-engined rotary wing training 
Ariel 1D1 gas turbine engine  625shp  12.94m
(42ft 6ins)
10.93m
(35ft 11ins)
  3.2m
(10ft 6ins) 
10.69m
(35ft 2ins) 
  2100kg
(4620lbs) 
Airsp: 155kts
(178mph)
Alt: 16,000ft    
Twin Squirrel:
VIP transport and communication 
Two Allison 250 C20 turboshafts  420shp each  12.94m
(42ft 5ins) 
    3.02m
(9ft 11ins) 
10.69m
(35ft 1ins) 
  2400kg
(5280lbs) 
Airsp: 150kts
(173mph)
Alt: 16,000ft     

Sources

Handy, B., ed. Royal Air Force: Aircraft & Weapons. Belmont Press, 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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