RAF Coningsby supplies Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Jets must be ready to launch at the drop of a hat to investigate threats to the skies.


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“At Christmas, though you may be only five miles from your family, it’s as if you are deployed overseas and far away” – RAF Engineer

The majority of the time spent on Quick Reaction Alert is waiting, even if that means missing out on the festivities. But to keep spirits high, many RAF personnel volunteer in the local community.

It’s a tough break, but our service men and women have what it takes.

“We are always ready to launch the jets. Christmas Day is literally like any other day at work.” – RAF Engineer

To see if you have what it takes, visit http://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment.