602 (City of Glasgow)

The facts

Station name: Glasgow

Station address: 155 Carmunnock Road, Kings Park, Glasgow. G44 5SS.

Motto: Cave Leonem Cruciatum (Latin meaning ‘Beware the crossed lion’)

Mission: To provide trained Flight Operations Personnel in support of Air Traffic Management Units in the UK and overseas, in addition reinforcing Tactical Air Traffic Control Teams and Intelligence Support in a deployable role.

Roles: https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/roles/

Get in touch: 0345 606 9069

More about this squadron

Based in central Glasgow, 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron trains and deploys Reservists in two main specialisms - Flight Operations and Intelligence - and provides personnel to support the RAF’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) units in the UK and overseas. First formed in 1925, it is also one of the longest-established units in the RAF Reserves, and is proud to have been the very first squadron formed within the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Roles and specialist skills

Flight Operations Reservists support air operations from Operations Rooms and RAF control towers, using the latest technology to update aeronautical data, provide information for mission and flight planning, and assisting Air Traffic Controllers in their work. It is a job that calls for a cool head, a clear voice and the ability to work under pressure as a crucial member of the team.

Intelligence Reservists obtain, collate, analyse and present different forms of information, and use it to support air operations and other military tasks. The role demands attention to detail, analytical skills, and the ability to present interpretations clearly and convincingly.

Recent deployments

Reservists from 602 Squadron have recently served in Cyprus, Iraq, and in support of air operations in the UK.


In common with all of the older RAF Reserves units, 602 Squadron began life as a flying unit, and retained this role until 1957. In the pre-war years, the squadron flew a variety of aircraft before becoming the first Reservist Spitfire squadron in 1939. It was with this aircraft that 602, alongside the 603 Squadron, shot down the first enemy aircraft over Britain during the Second World War. 602 went on to become the longest-serving squadron in the front line during the Battle of Britain.

Spitfires remained with 602 until 1951, giving the unit the longest association with this famous aircraft of any squadron in the RAF. After Spitfires, the squadron flew Vampire fighters, which remained on strength until 602 was disbanded in 1957. At this time, a Reservist Maritime Headquarters Unit was established in Edinburgh to support maritime operations. The core maritime support elements went on to establish the squadron as we know it today.

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