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In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 photo, a British soldier walks by a Typhoon aircraft before take off for a mission in Iraq, at RAF Akrotiri, near the southern coastal city of Limassol, in Cyprus. British Tornado and Typhoon aircraft stationed at a U.K. air base in Cyprus are pounding Islamic State targets ahead of a major offensive by Iraqi security forces next month to recapture the key northern city of Mosul from IS militants, a senior Royal Air Force officer says. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool)

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Buster the bomb-sniffing dog was declared the Royal Air Force's "official lifetime mascot" for saving thousands of lives during five tours of duty. (Image: U.K. Ministry of Defense) ** FILE **

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Buster, an Arms and Explosive Search Dog, did five tours of duty for the U.K.'s Royal Air Force. (Image: U.K., Ministry of Defense) ** FILE **

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F-15 Eagle aircraft assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (Image: Facebook, RAF Lakenheath) ** FILE **

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Marine Corps and Royal Air Force helicopters fly in formation after departing Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. The Marine Corps ended operations in Helmand province and transferred the base to the Afghan National Army.

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This World War II era photo provided by the Goodson family shows James Goodson, a decorated World War II fighter pilot and former prisoner of war. Goodson, who fought the Nazis before the U.S. entered the war, flying Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires as a member of one of the Royal Air Force's Eagle Squadrons made up of American volunteers, died Thursday, May 1, 2014. He was 93. (AP Photo/Goodson Family photo)

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This World War II era photo provided by the Goodson family shows James Goodson, a decorated World War II fighter pilot and former prisoner of war. Goodson, who fought the Nazis before the U.S. entered the war, flying Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires as a member of one of the Royal Air Force's Eagle Squadrons made up of American volunteers, died Thursday, May 1, 2014. He was 93. (AP Photo/Goodson Family photo)

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** FILE ** In this Friday, June 1, 2012, file photo released by Britain's Ministry of Defence, Britain's Prince William sits in the cockpit of a helicopter at RAF Valley in Anglesey Wales. Prince William has finished his tour of duty as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and has left operational service with the British military to focus on royal duties and charity work, royal officials said Thursday, Sept 12, 2013. (AP Photo/ SAC Faye Storer, MOD, File)

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** FILE ** In this Friday, June 1, 2012, file photo released by Britain's Ministry of Defence, Britain's Prince William sits in the cockpit of a helicopter at RAF Valley in Anglesey Wales. Prince William has finished his tour of duty as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and has left operational service with the British military to focus on royal duties and charity work, royal officials said Thursday, Sept 12, 2013. (AP Photo/ SAC Faye Storer, MOD, File)

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**FILE** This is a Aug. 18, 2011 file photo released by Britain's Ministry of Defence shows Royal Air Force Puma helicopter is seen flying over the 2012 Olympic Stadium on Aug. 18, 2011, during a training flight in London. (Associated Press/SAC Phil Major RAF, MOD)

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** FILE ** An Aug. 18, 2011, photo released by Britain's Defense Ministry shows a Royal Air Force Puma helicopter flying over the 2012 Olympic Stadium during a training flight in London. (Associated Press/SAC Phil Major, Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defense)

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Royal Air Force Red Arrows fly past Buckingham Palace as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, with other members of the royal family appear on the balcony in central London, Tuesday, June 5, 2012, to conclude the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Florence Green (left) receives a birthday cake from LAC Hannah Shaw on behalf of the Royal Air Force at Mrs. Green's home in King's Lynn, England, on Feb. 19, 2011, Mrs. Green's 110th birthday anniversary. (AP Photo/Sac Chris Hill/U.K. Ministry of Defense)