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

Portrait of Group Captain Mark Flewin

Group Captain Mark Flewin

Group Captain Mark Flewin took command of RAF Coningsby in October 2018. Prior to this he held a post at the UK Permanent Joint HQ at Northwood.

Group Captain Flewin began his career on Jaguar aircraft and has served at Coningsby on two previous occasions, flying Typhoon aircraft with 3 Fighter and XI Squadron.
 

ADDRESS

RAF Coningsby, Lincoln, LN4 4SY

Council: East Lindsey District Council

Who's based here

  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • Typhoon Display Team

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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