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This presentation will consider the broad perspective of the RAF’s contribution to the 1991 Gulf campaign, in particular the fast jet element. It will look at the RAF’s expectations and training before the crisis erupted and the way these affected its initial reactions and its subsequent operational performance during the combat phase. RAF doctrine before the war will be assessed and the way this was modified by the operational circumstances which unfolded once the fighting started. It will address the modifications which were made to aircraft, weapons and operating procedures and examine the effectiveness of the RAF’s contribution to the campaign. The effect of the domestic UK political situation on the conduct of the campaign will also be considered.
Sebastian Cox is the Head of the Air Historical Branch (RAF) in the Ministry of Defence. He is a graduate of Warwick University and King’s College, London. He was curator of documents at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, before joining the Air Historical Branch as a researcher in 1984. He was appointed as Head of the Branch in 1996 – the first person to hold that post without having previous commissioned military service. He has written widely on the history of the RAF and air power, edited a two book series related to the subject and has lectured on the subject to military and civilian audiences on three continents.
This event will be chaired by Air Commodore (Rtd) Peter Gray, Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies, University of Birmingham.
This event is open to RUSI members who are members of the Institute's Military History Circle only. To become a member please click here.
An optional £6 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.
To register please contact Ayesha Stout, Events Manager, RUSI.