RAF Coningsby

RAF Coningsby crest

THE STATION

RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is one of two RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Stations which protect UK airspace (RAF Lossiemouth is the other). 

RAF Coningsby is home to two frontline, combat-ready squadrons and is the training station for Typhoon pilots.

Almost 3,000 Service Personnel, Civil Servants, and contractors work at RAF Coningsby.

Commander

Group Captain Baulkwill in service dress uniform next to an RAF ensign

Group Captain Mike Baulkwill

Group Captain Baulkwill took command of RAF Coningsby in October 2016. Before that he spent two years as the Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff and previously commanding No 6 Squadron, a frontline Typhoon squadron, based at RAF Leuchars.

ADDRESS

RAF Coningsby, Lincoln, LN4 4SY

Council: East Lindsey District Council

Who's based here

  • 41 Squadron

KEY DATES

  • 1941 - RAF Coningsby opened, serving as an RAF Bomber Command station until the early 1960s.
  • Coningsby has been a fighter station since the Phantom arrived in the late 1960s, followed by the Tornado and now the Typhoon.
  • 1976 - Coningsby became home to the world-famous RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

HISTORY

RAF Coningsby was built just before World War Two and became the home of 617 Squadron (known as the Dambusters) during the second half of the war.

Later, it was the base for the Vulcan bomber.

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