Signs that the Sun is Setting on the British Empire

Some 70 RAF airmen and British Army loadmasters flew a pair of RAF C-130s across the Atlantic recently to work with their American counterparts during a training exercise at Little Rock AFB, Ark. Although the exercise featured learning hazardous duties, such as how to avoid enemy threats while flying at low level, the main challenge appeared to be identifying unfamiliar systems and—you guessed it—language. “It’s been quite a challenge figuring out each other’s lingo and acronyms,” said Lt. Sarah Dahlin, a pilot with the 50th Airlift Squadron.