29 Sqn Centenary

29(R) Sqn Centenary

29(R) Sqn Celebrates 100 Years

100 years ago, 29 (R) Squadron was first raised as a unit of the Royal Flying Corps at Gosport, Hampshire and is one of the world's oldest fighter squadrons. The second British squadron to receive the Eurofighter Typhoon, it is the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) for the RAF's world class multi role aircraft.

29 (R) Squadron began the Second World War with its Blenheims, which at the period operated as day fighters – especially on convoy protection patrols. From June 1940 it became a night fighter squadron, receiving some of the first Beaufighters in November, though it was February 1941 before the squadron was fully equipped with the new fighter. Various marks of the de Havilland Mosquito were flown by the squadron from May 1943 culminating in the Mosquito NF30. From the middle of 1944 most of the squadron’s missions took it over the continent.

This year also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. 29(R) Sqn are one of the only remaining Battle of Britain Sqns still flying in Lincolnshire.

The Centenary Tail Fin Art Work

The Typhoon aircraft, featuring Ruby Red and Champagne Gold colours is derived from the squadron badge. The badge shows an eagle in flight preying on a buzzard with the motto “Impiger et acer” (Energetic and keen). The tail plane surfaces depict different aircraft that have been flown by the squadron during its 100 years of service.

29 Sqn Typhoon

Centenary Celebrations

22 Sep 15 – Sqn Centenary Parade. The Sqn will celebrate with a formal parade taking place at RAF Coninsgby on Tuesday 22 with Air Marshal Sir Ian Macfadyen as the Reviewing Officer and accompanied by a flypast executed by Sqn display pilots. 29(R) Sqn have the honour of receiving HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge after the parade to meet Sqn personnel. A dress rehearsal will take place on Monday 21 Sep 15 including fly past.

25 Sep 15 – Centenary Cricket Match. The annual Pilots v Engineers cricket match is taking place on Fri 25 Sep at RAF Digby cricket pitch. The 20/20 game of cricket starts at 1000L with a hog roast in between innings followed by beers and then our Centenary DiN.

25 Sep 15 – Centenary Dining-In Night. A Dining-In Night to be held in the Officers’ Mess 1930-0200. The PMC will be Gp Capt Jez Attridge and the dinner will be attended by various VIP guests including Air Marshal Sir Ian Macfadyen, AOC 1 Gp. The dinner will be punctuated by various vignettes covering the Sqn's history and the VC winner Major James McCudden. Honorary guests, Sqn Association members and the Paviours will be in attendance with a speech to be given by Air Cdr J Stringer, COS Ops.

26 Sep 15 – Sqn Open Day. A relaxed celebration of 29(R) Sqn history will take place at RAF Coningsby; 1200L - 1700L. Food will be available for invited personnel as well as a programme of afternoon entertainments to include historical, sporting, static aircraft and flying displays. Friends and Families are welcome.

26 Sep 15 – Sqn Hangar Bash – An all ranks function will be held on the Sqn to culminate the Sqn celebrations. The event will take place from 1900 - 0100 and offers a DJ and live band performing 2 sets, 4 kegs of Free Centenary Sqn beer, 2 bars provided by ISS and food from the Sgts' Mess.

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