Typhoon, Spitfire and Lancaster with backdrop of Tattershall Castle


History of RAF Coningsby


From its creation shortly before World War II to today, RAF Coningsby has had a wide variety of roles. Originally built as a station for Bomber Command, Coningsby went on to host the world-famous 'Dambusters' of 617 Squadron and Vulcan jet bombers before transferring to Fighter Command in the 1960s. After a period of uncertainty following the cancellation of the TSR2 project, the station became synonymous with Phantoms and for 20 years was responsible for the training of all RAF Phantom pilots and navigators. When this much-loved aircraft was finally replaced by the Tornado F3, Coningsby was again chosen as the main training base and this trend has continued with the Typhoon, the RAF's latest high-tech fighter. In April 2006 No 6 Sqn re-located to RAF Coningsby from RAF Coltishall, to fly the remainder of the Jaguar fleet until its disbandment. Add to this almost 30 years as the home of the world-famous Battle of Britain Flight and you have a station history that is truly as varied as the aircraft it has hosted.

Text size: