Six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy today experienced speed of a different kind with a flight in a Royal Air Force Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft of 6 Squadron during a visit to RAF Leuchars in Fife.

Photo 1: Sir Chris Hoy and OC 6 Sqn, Wg Cdr Roddy Dennis, walk out to the 6 Sqn Typhoon. [Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright 2012]
Photo 2: Sir Chris Hoy with a Typhoon from 6 Sqn prior to his flight. [Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright 2012]

The main task for 6 Squadron and RAF Leuchars is to maintain Quick Reaction Alert with crews on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to scramble and intercept unidentified aircraft approaching UK airspace. Typhoon aircraft have been based at RAF Northolt in London to provide air security during the London Olympics.

Sir Chris said:
“I am absolutely delighted to have had such a warm welcome to what is a very busy RAF station. Flying in the Typhoon was a really extraordinary experience and one I will never forget.”

Wing Commander Roddy Dennis, Officer Commanding 6 Squadron, who flew the Typhoon aircraft said:

“Our front-line Typhoons are single-seat multi-role aircraft but we have some twin-stick jets for training purposes and it was a pleasure to give one of our Olympic gold medal winners the opportunity to experience flying in the aircraft that has been providing air security throughout the London Games.

“Just as Chris has a back-room staff who ensure that he and his bike are in perfect shape to win gold, as a pilot I am reliant on my RAF colleagues, from the engineering bays to the air traffic control tower, to ensure that I and my aircraft are primed to deliver our mission – defending the UK skies.”

Royal Air Force (RAF) Leuchars in Fife is primarily responsible for maintaining Quick Reaction Alert (Interceptor) North, providing crews and aircraft at high states of readiness 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to police UK airspace and to intercept unidentified aircraft. The excellent contribution of RAF Leuchars’ personnel, both at home and abroad, provides critical support to the delivery of the RAF’s operational tasks. For more information visit:

6 Squadron, the first Typhoon squadron in Scotland, officially stood up at RAF Leuchars in September 2010. The Typhoon is the RAF’s state of the art multi-role combat aircraft that entered operational service in 2007. The Squadron took over responsibility for providing the northern element of the Quick Reaction Alert force in March 2011, providing aircraft and crews on high alert to scramble and intercept unidentified aircraft approaching UK airspace.
Typhoon FGR4 provides the RAF with a multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, from air policing, to peace support, through to high intensity conflict. It is currently employed on permanent ops in the Falkland Islands, UK QRA North and UK QRA South.

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For further information please contact: Henry Wilson, Head of Engagement & Media, RAF Leuchars on 01334 856192 or email [email protected]