Eurofighter Typhoon: 6 Squadron in Leuchars replaces the Tornado F3

Eurofighter Typhoon celebrated operating at an 11th Air Force base this weekend as 6 Squadron settled into their new home at RAF Leuchars in Fife, Scotland. The Squadron landed during the annual air show last weekend and will be the backbone of Britain’s Northern air policing Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) force, replacing the Tornado F3 of 111 Squadron.

The stand up of the Typhoon squadron was celebrated with an iconic fly past comprising of a Spitfire, Tornado F3 and the Typhoon in front of thousand of visitors. The display symbolised the past, present and future of the base as well as commemorating the Battle of Britain achievements 70 years on. 6 Squadron, the last RAF Squadron to fly the Jaguar, was reformed after three years with the Typhoon and relocated from RAF Coningsby.

The new Typhoon squadron is the first of three planned at the base and will take over QRA duties in March 2011. 6 Squadron will now spend the next few months training and reaching combat readiness in preparation for the handover of responsibilities.

Enzo Casolini, Eurofighter CEO said: “A warm welcome as 6 Squadron joins the Eurofighter community. The Typhoon will serve the Royal Air Force extremely well and has already demonstrated its capababilities both in the home countries and overseas. The aircraft  provides for the UK as well as NATO a true coalition fighter, bringing critical air supremacy and multi role capabilities for the coming decades”.