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No.1 Squadron
(Motto: 'Speed and Courage')

The re-establishment of the SRAF in 1947 saw the creation of a 'Communications Flight', which was sometimes referred to as No.1 Squadron. A new No.1 Squadron, manned by regulars, was formed to operate the Spitfire F.22 in March 1951. The unit converted to the Vampire FB.9 in 1956. The squadron took the Vampires on their first overseas 6-week deployment to RAF Khormaksar on 14 January 1958. Annual overseas deployments continued until 1963. Re-equipment with the Hunter commenced in 1963, with the existing Vampires going to No.2 Sqn. The Hunters were operated in the ground attack role during most of their life. After UDI no delivery of spare parts was possible, but high serviceability rates continued. No.1 Sqn created a four-man formation aerobatic team which gave displays in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Hunters were operated from Thornhill until 2002, when they were finally retired.


Air Bases:
Base Duration
Cranborne March 1951 - October 1952
New Sarum October 1952 - 1962
Thornhill 1962 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Spitfire F.2210March 1951 - early 1954 SR59,SR63,SR67
Vampire FB.916November 1953 - late 1962 RRAF101,RRAF106,RRAF112
Hunter FGA.912Dec 1962 - 2002 RRAF117, 1188
Hunter FGA.8041981 - 2002 1082, 1038, 1801, 8100
Hunter T.8111981 - 2002 1084

Unit Insignia:
Figure 1
 

References:

  • Air (WLAG) January 1990


Thanks to xxx for updating this information.

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