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No.6 Squadron
(Motto: 'Aspire To Achieve')

The squadron was originally formed in 1960 as the second Canberra equipped squadron. It continued to operate the type until the end of 1963 when the survivors were concentrated into 5 Sqn.

6 Sqn was reformed in August 1967 to operate the Provost in the basic training and COIN role. The aircraft came from 4 Sqn. After basic training on the Provost T.52, student pilots went to South Africa for conversion onto the Atlas Impala (MB.326) operated by the SAAF. Trainee pilots then returned to Rhodesia for further training with No.2 Sqn.

With the withdrawal of the Provosts, the unit converted to the SF.260. The SF.260Ws are used for the light strike and weapons training roles, while basic training is carried out on the SF.260C and SF.260TP.

Air Bases:
Base Duration
Thornhill 1960 - 1963
New Sarum August 1967 - 1977
Thornhill 1977 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Canberra B.281960 - end 1963  
Canberra T.411960 - end 1963  
Provost T.5225Aug 1967 - 1977 R3605, R3160, R6317
SF.260C17March 1977 - Present 9901, 9094, 9911
SF.260W/TP141980 - Present 3260,6324,3629
SF.260F61998 - Present  

Unit Insignia:
Figure 1


  • Air (WLAG) January 1990

Thanks to xxx for updating this information.

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