XI Centenary

XI Sqn Centenary

XI Sqn – Proudly Celebrating 100 Years

XI Sqn was formed on 14 Feb 1915 at Netheravon equipped with the Vickers FB.5 Gunbus. Over the last centaury the Sqn has been based in locations throughout the world and flown many historical aircraft including the Hurricane, Spitfire, Lightning and now the Typhoon FGR4. To celebrate this momentous occasion a series of events have been planned in early May, the details of which are listed below.


At 1030 on Thu 7 May 15, XI Sqn will "Lay-Up" the former XI Sqn Standard in Lincoln Cathedral as part of a public Eucharist Service led by the RAF Chaplain-in-Chief. The Ceremonial Party and Congregation will be made up from Stn, XI Sqn and XI Sqn Association personnel.

On Fri 8 May 15, there will be a number of events held at RAF Coningsby to formally mark the Sqn Centenary. XI Sqn will parade the Sqn Standard at a formal ceremony to mark 100 years. All ranks from the Sqn will be involved with partners, families, Stn Execs, Sqn Association members and VIP Guests in attendance. The format will be as follows:

Formal Parade. A formal Parade of the current Sqn Standard will take place on the Main ASP and it is hoped that the General Salute will be taken by ACM Sir Michael Graydon (TBC). A Flypast will also be executed by Sqn Pilots; the timeframe for the Parade is nominally 1000-1130L. The wet weather plan is to utilise the 29(R) Sqn Hangar on 8 May 15. Parade practices will take place on 30 Apr, 5 May and 6 May 15 on Echo Dispersal. A full dress rehearsal, of both wet and dry weather Parades, will take place on the afternoon of 7 May 15 on 29(R) Sqn; flying will be unaffected.

XI Sqn Families' and Friends' Open Afternoon. Following the Parade, a relaxed celebration of XI Sqn history will take place in the WO's and SNCO's mess at RAF Coningsby; timings will nominally be 1200-1730. Food will be available for invited personnel as well as a programme of afternoon entertainments to include historical, sporting. aircraft static and flying displays.

XI Sqn Association AGM. Held in the Ante Room of Officers' Mess for approximately 100 Association Members 1400-1500.

Sqn Party. By kind permission of the CMC, XI Sqn will host an All Ranks Party in the WO's and SNCO's Mess between 1900-0200. Food, drinks and entertainment will be available for all personnel in possession of a ticket.

Contact details

For HAS party/general enquiries please contact Sqn Ldr Norris on 01526 346633 or email 11Sqn-MSF-OC@mod.uk

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