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News for May 2018!


As of now RAF Outposts of Empire, RAF Habbaniya, Iraq, Jewel of the Desert is available to download from this website, offering a cheaper, High Definition (HD) version of the very successful Documentary, without the hassle of postage, packing, playing and storing DVDs.


It’s simple, just click on the                                      tab and a screen appears with a preview of the film, click on play to see the preview.

After the preview has played you will be given two options:


“Rent £7.02” (24-hour streaming period, Stream on supported browsers or the Vimeo mobile app, Watch on TV, mobile, and tablet).


Or “Buy £9.98” (Stream anytime, Watch on TV, mobile, and tablet, Download DRM-free SD, HD, and mobile files).


If your really keen to see the whole film without seeing the preview follow the instructions on screen and skip the Preview.


You can also download free maps and a poster with the film to view or print on your own device.


But don’t worry ‘RAF Outposts of Empire, RAF Habbaniya, Iraq, Jewel of the Desert’ is still available on DVD for those who prefer this medium, just go to the                        tab and follow the on-screen instructions.


Previews of all the films are still available on the                                                          tab just click and follow the on-screen instructions.


There are also shorter, recently added free to view short films on the                                                          page above, just click on the map buttons to see new extracts from the Outposts of Empire interview archive as they are added.


In 2018 further interviews are scheduled for recording that will include some of the less well-known Outposts such as Bermuda and Labuan as well as Singapore and Malaya in preparation for the production and release of RAF SINGAPORE.


Films and DVDs:


‘MARCHING OUT, Kay and the RAF’ March 2018; Leading Aircraft Woman, Kay Malone joined the RAF in 1967 and trained as a Teleprinter Operator, two years later she married a Corporal in the photographic section, reluctantly Kay gave up her career in the RAF and married Ray so she could join him on an accompanied posting to Singapore, resulting in a happy decade moving from one RAF Post to the next in a whirlwind of new experiences, friends and foreign lands both in the UK, Europe as well as in the further Outposts of the Empire.  Just click on                         for further details and to order your copy today.


‘RAF HABBANIYA, IRAQ, JEWEL OF THE DESERT' is a 105 minute programme that reveals the story of the Kingdom of Iraq and the part the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force played in forming and maintaining peace in the new country from 1915 to the final bloody end of the Hashemite Monarchy in 1958.  Available through the                          and


What the Press say: 


Aeroplane Monthly - March 2018: "The presentation, which is narrated and is enlivened by first-hand recollections from those who were there, employs a mix of still images and movie sequences, which fit together surprisingly seamlessly".

"There are shots of the wonderful military transports — AW Atalantas (owned by the newly formed BOAC but impressed into RAF service) and Vickers Valentias — that were used in April 1941 to ferry several hundred members of the King's Own Regiment to Habbaniya in the first major wartime airlift of British troops.  Post-war types depicted include Iraqi Air Force Hawker Furies, while Short Sunderlands appear in colour sequences".

"A final section is entitled, 'Equestrian pursuits and the opposite sex at RAF Habbaniya'. Sorry, you'll simply have to view that part yourself."


What the people say:  


“Tod, You are a contemporary historian, using modern technology to ensure the true history of the past century is not lost; future generations will bless you, as do I...” Wing Commander Brian Crook.


"This new DVD is extremely well produced and covers the entire history of Habbaniya in the wider context of British involvement in Mesopotamia / Iraq, right from our first attempts to oust the Ottomans in 1914, through to our final departure from RAF Habbanya in 1959. It is a fascinating story with many images and video clips that have never before been published.  The DVD is produced by Tod Nicol, who is also producing a range of other DVDs entitled “Outposts of Empire.” There is currently another available entitled “RAF Malta”, and I can thoroughly recommend both".  George Robertson, No  6 Squadron (RAF) Association Newsletter  the “Tin-opener” January 2018.


“Tod, I viewed the Habbaniya film this evening and found it incredibly fascinating. The information is amazing and I learned an awful lot”.  “The incidents that the Iraqi RAF stations were involved in was a revelation to me and the whole thing interested me immensely”.  David Rose RAF LUQA (Malta) REMEMBERED and RAF MASIRAH (Oman) REMEMBERED.


"RAF Habbaniya is one of the very best historical repositories of amazing insights of our Royal Air Force in days gone by. I can absolutely recommend Tod’s latest DVD without hesitation.  From the fabulous music, to the in-depth study within all the parts, along with an A4 print-out map of the station.  Two hours of superb detail.   It is worth every penny".  WELL DONE Tod.  Captain Bryn Wayt 203 Squadron Forum.


‘OUTPOSTS OF EMPIRE, RAF MALTA’ is a 90 minute programme that tells the story; through interviews, commentary, archive film and photographs, of the RAF on Malta from its humble beginnings at Royal Naval Air Station at Kalafrana in 1917, to its final days at RAF Luqa in 1979.  Available through the


What the Press say:


Aeroplane Monthly – May 2017: “Producer Tod Nicol ambitiously aims to document the RAF’s presence on Malta“. “Dreamy footage follows of aircraft carriers, Southampton Flying Boats, Shackletons, PR Canberras and the unmistakable features of Valetta harbour”. “The serious history of the RAF on the island is then related over 90 minutes, accompanied by archive film. The story is well told by voiceover and the recollections of veterans who served on or flew from Malta”. “Entertaining viewing”.


Royal Air Force News 19 May 2017: “Many with an association with the Royal Air Force will be interested in viewing RAF Malta the first of a  collection of DVD’s in the Outposts of Empire Series”. “RAF Malta begins by telling viewers the strategic importance of the tiny rock in the Mediterranean.  The story of the RAF in Malta is then told by those who know it best, those airmen and women who were there – as well as through archive film footage”.


Affiliated websites:

RAF LUQA (Malta) REMEMBERED: raf-luqa.weebly.com

RAF Habbaniya Association: www.habbaniya.org

The Shackleton Association, the” Growler” www.thegrowler.org.uk  

Six Squadron Association, the “Tin-opener”: www.sixsquadronassociation@outlook.com