1F (City of Leicester) Squadron have redeveloped their old links with No.1 (Fighter) Squadron who are currently flying the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth.
Apart from the 1F squadron number, the two squadrons are similar in the sense that they are both older than the organisations they currently belong to.
1F (City of Leicester) Sqn formed in 1938 as the founder squadron for the Air Defence Cadet Corps, and they became the founding member of the Air Training Corps when it was formed on 5th February 1941.
No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron is the World’s oldest flying squadron still in service with its origins going back to 1878 when its predecessor, No.1 Balloon Company was formed.
This was later redesignated as No.1 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps on 13th May 1912 and they were then incorporated into the Royal Air Force when it was formed on 1st April 1918.
1F (City of Leicester) Squadron have previously maintained links with No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron when they were a Harrier Squadron based at RAF Wittering. In 2012 cadets from the squadron were invited to form a guard of honour with the squadron’s Corps of Drums for veterans of No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron at a reunion held at the RAF base.
The reconnection of links between the two units was established whilst Sergeant Carol Robinson RAFAC was on annual camp at RAF Lossiemouth in August of this year. Carol met with Squadron Leader Michael Mason of No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron and presented him with a plaque on behalf of the staff and cadets.
Despite the geological difference (nearly 500 miles by road) the plaque now represents greater ties between the two units.