Posted: Thu 26th Jan 2023

Engine issues force RAF to halt Hawk T2 training at Valley airbase on Anglesey

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jan 26th, 2023


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The Royal Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of fast jet training aircraft due to an issue with an engine, according to Sky News.

The Hawk T2 jets, which are used for training at an airbase at the Valley airbase on Angelsey, have been ‘paused’ as a precautionary measure while the RAF conducts a technical investigation.

The jets are often spotted in the skies above Flintshire and are regularly seen landing and taking off from Hawarden airport.

The issue is believed to involve engine blades wearing out, with one source claiming “one has broken and gone down the engine.”



Last year, Sky News reported on an “emerging” problem with the Rolls-Royce engine on the Hawk jet used for training at RAF Valley.

The RAF has confirmed that flying on the Hawk T2 jet has been temporarily paused and that flying training will only resume when it is deemed safe to do so.

An RAF spokesperson said: “Post a recent issue on the runway involving an RAF Hawk TMk2 engine, as a precautionary measure, flying has been temporarily paused pending the results of the technical investigation.”

It is understood that the RAF is working closely with the manufacturer and awaiting analysis on the specific engine.

Flying training will only resume when it is deemed safe to do so.

The problem with the training fleet will not impact the Red Arrows team, which operates Hawk T1 aircraft.

[Photo: RAF Valley / Facebook]

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