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On 19 August, I will be exploring the RAF’s role in various conflicts in Oman during the Cold War as part of the RAF Museum’s Cold War Lunchtime Lecture series.


From the 1950s to the 1970s a series of counterinsurgency campaigns were fought in the Sultanate of Oman. First, in the 1950s, a campaign was fought against an uprising in the Jebel Akhdar. Then, from 1964 to 1975, a campaign was conducted in the Dhofar region against insurgents supported by Yemen. In both of these conflicts, air power played a vital role in supporting operations. Roles ranged from strike operations, such as the role played by BAC Strikemasters at the Battle of Mirbat in 1972, through to the support of ‘hearts and minds’ operations using helicopters and light aircraft. Based on research undertaken for the RAF Museum’s exhibition on the relationship between the Royal Air Force and Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), this lecture will explore the origins of these campaigns, the role of air power in supporting their conduct and the formation of the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force. Finally, the lecture will consider the development of relations between the RAF and RAFO after the end of the Dhofar War through to the present day.


This lecture will be held in the National Cold War Exhibition Auditorium at RAF Museum Cosford at 12:30PM on Friday 19 August 2016.


This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.  If you would like to support the Museum by making a donation you can do so here.



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