A Slow Death? The Royal Air Force Only Has 119 Fighters - How Could This Happen?
In 1989 the RAF possessed around 850 fighters
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December 15, 2019 - by David Axe for nationalinterest.org
- In 1989 the RAF possessed around 850 fighters
The Royal Air Force in mid-2019 operates just 119 fighters, the lowest number in its history.
The shrinking of the British fighter fleet has happened even faster than observers predicted just a few years ago. And it could be years before the force significantly grows again.
As of June 2019 the RAF has 102 Typhoons and 17 F-35B stealth fighters in seven front-line squadrons. The last squadron of 1980s-vintage Tornado fighter-bombers disbanded in February 2019.
The RAF's 119 fighters represent a 40-percent reduction compared to the air force's fleet in 2007. That year, the RAF possess a little more than 200 Tornados, Jaguars and Typhoons. In 1989 the RAF possessed around 850 fighters including Tornados, Jaguars, Phantoms, Harriers and Buccaneers
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