Info - RAF Typhoons celebrate 100th Anniversary of 3(F) Squadron

No 3 (Fighter) Squadron, the oldest fixed-wing squadron in the Royal Air Force, today flying the Eurofighter Typhoon, proudly celebrated their centenary on the weekend of 12th and 13th May 2012 at RAF Coningsby.


The squadron was formed as No 3 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, on 13th May 1912 at Larkhill, Wiltshire. The Squadron has played an important role in the history of the Royal Air Force, taking part in many campaigns and operations over the last 100 years.
 
During a formal parade on Saturday 12th May, the squadron was presented with a new Standard by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton and RAF Typhoons from the Squadron displayed commemorative art work in a special colour scheme on their tail and fuselage to celebrate the important anniversary.

Images: RAF No 3 (Fighter) Squadron celebrate their centenary and new standard with a special colour scheme for the Typhoon.
Photo credit: RAF Station Photographers, RAF Coningsby

Officer Commanding 3 (Fighter) Squadron, Wing Commander Dicky Patounas, who led a detachment of 3 Sq. in combat operations over Libya last year, said, “As the Squadron Commander in this the 100th year, I would like to say, on behalf of myself and my squadron, we are conscious that we are the custodians of a glorious history, created by those who have gone before us. We are hugely proud to be here on this day, and look forward to a long and successful future for the Squadron”.

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