Category Archives: RAF

The Dronification of State Violence, Part II: Historical Origins

Previous section: Life and Death in the West Wing Historical Origins of the Predator War in Pakistan In this section, we briefly trace the geographic and historical antecedents of the Predator war in Pakistan. The objective is to highlight the institutional … Continue reading

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RAF opens its doors to drone headquarters

Britain’s Royal Air Force opened its doors to Waddington, the U.K.’s drone headquarters, to journalists yesterday. Set in Lincolnshire, Waddington houses 13 Squadron, which pilots five Afghan-deployed Reapers. According to the BBC, “The RAF is keen to challenge any impression … Continue reading

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Hundreds protest against new “home” of UK drone operations

Around 400 demonstrators took part in a march from Lincoln to a rally at nearby RAF Waddington, which assumed control of British drone missions in Afghanistan earlier this week. Chris Cole, a coordinator of the Drone Campaign Network, said the … Continue reading

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RAF’s Reaper drones now flown from UK, not US

Armed drone aircraft have been operated remotely from Britain for the first time, the Ministry of Defence has said. It said Reaper drones had flown missions controlled from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, where campaign groups have held a protest rally against … Continue reading

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Wings over Waziristan: Footage of the British RAF in Tribal Areas, 1936-7

Derek Gregory has two must-read posts on drone warfare in Pakistan’s FATA here and here. Included is amazing footage of RAF bombing sorties against the tribal Wazirs during the 1936-7 “insurrection” led by the “mad mullah” the “Faqir of Ipi”. … Continue reading

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First ever drone airport opens in Wales, UK

The world’s first airport for unmanned aircraft is opening in rural Wales and officials say it could be the first step to getting human and robot -piloted craft together in the same airspace. The United Kingdom’s Civilian Aviation Authority has … Continue reading

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