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Shadows reach 10,000 operational flying hours

7th September 2012 - 10:05 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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The RAF's fleet of five Shadow R1 reconaissance aircraft have clocked up 10,000 flying hours.

The milestone was marked at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire by 14 Squadron, the unit operating the aircraft.

Wg Cdr Rich Moir, the officer commanding 14 Squadron, said: 'Marking the 10,000th operational hour for the Shadow R1 is very important as it is a significant milestone, and stands as testament to the hard work, dedication and determination of all those associated with the success of this unique platform.

'Since it was first introduced into service it has had an outstanding serviceability rate and delivered consistently in

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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