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Coningsby is located some 25 miles south east of Lincoln and 15 miles north east of Sleaford. Originally a bomber base during World War II, Coningsby has since been developed into probably the premier fighter station in the RAF. It was the first station to receive the Tornado F2/F3 fighter and has become the first RAF Eurofighter Typhoon base.

The last operational units based here were Nos 29 and 56 (Reserve) Squadrons, both flying the Tornado F3. When 56 left for RAF Leuchars in Scotland in March 2003, the station underwent a series of upgrades to prepare for Typhoon operations. In April 2004, the Fast Jet and Weapons Operational Evaluation Unit (FJ&WOEU) formed at Coningsby , and is responsible for much of the testing of new weapons and systems for the RAF's fast jet aircraft. In April 2006 it became 41 (Reserve) Squadron and is made up of Harrier GR9, Tornado F3 and Tornado GR4 aircraft.

Although officially part of the FJ&WOEU, No 17 (Reserve) Squadron moved in April 2005 to its new home at Coningsby from the BAE Systems airfield at Warton . 17 Squadron is the first RAF Typhoon squadron and has been heavily involved in clearing the aircraft for RAF Service.

Later in June 2005, the station saw the return of 29 Squadron; albeit this time as a Reserve Squadron with the responsibility of training future Typhoon pilots.

In March 2006 3 Squadron of whom were operating the Harrier at RAF Cottesmore, moved to Coningsby and became 3(F) Squadron, the first Operational Typhoon Squadron.

In March 2007, 11[F] Squadron, who were well known for flying Lightnings at RAF Binbrook and Tornado's at RAF Leeming, have now reformed at Coningsby, where they are operating Typhoons.
Its not all fast jet action at Coningsby. The station has for many years been the home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) with its Spitfires, Hurricanes, Dakota, Chipmunk and, of course, Lancaster.
Current Squadrons

Strike Command
3 [F] Sqn
Typhoon T1/F2
Air Defence
11 [F] Sqn
Typhoon T1/F2
Air Defence


Air Warfare Centre
17 [R] Sqn
Typhoon T1/F2
TOCU *
41 [R] Sqn
Tornado F3
FJWOEU **
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Tornado GR4
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Harrier GR9
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Harrier GR9A
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Operational Conversion Unit
29 [R] Sqn
Typhoon T1/F2
TOCU *


Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Lancaster B1
Dakota III
5x Spitfires
2x Hurricanes
2x Chipmunks
* TOCU stands for Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit
** FJWOEU stands for Fast Jet and Weapons Operational Evaluation Unit
Current Aircraft





Base Callsign

3 [F] Sqn

17 [R] Sqn

29 [R] Sqn

41 [R] Sqn

CBY**

Chaos

Monkey

Bluster

Acid

Getsum

Typhoon49-56

Fazer

Apollo

Nightmare

Zircon

Ocelot

Maximus

Rampage

Relax

Odin

Zenith

Triplex

Rebel

Typhoon09-22

Typhoon05

Tonic

Typhoon29-42

Viking
CBY ** is the official way of denoting the callsign, ie. CBY Typhoon
Contributers : Mark Wood, Garf. Smith
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