1981

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron throughout 1981 and as a maritime radar reconnaissance squadron until June 1981

Stationed at:

  • RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire), using Foxtrot Dispersal

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance (until June 1981)

Command

  • No. 1 Group, Strike Command

Personnel

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander IO Junor
    • 15/06/1981: Handed over to Wing Commander NI Hamilton.

Strength


Events effecting the squadron

Throughout the year, the combined effect of the defence cuts and the gradual ageing of the Vulcan resulted in the loss of aircraft that were on charge of the squadron.


Activities

Air Crew

  • Ground Training (on station and off station)
    • Lectures / Courses in subjects such as Intelligence, Weapons and Aircraft Systems
    • Emergency, Escape, Dinghy and Survival Drills
    • “Trade” related Refresher Courses
  • Flying Training
    • As per Basic Training Requirement (BTR) Programme
  • Ongoing Assessments, Checks and Classifications
  • Station Readiness / Dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Mineval (Regular)
    • Index (Regular)
    • Datex (Regular)
    • Blue Moon (Regular)
    • Brown Falcon (Regular)
    • Cloudy Chorus (Regular)
    • Cavalcade / Priory (Regular)
    • Dialect (February 1981)
    • Haricot Vert (December 1981)
  • Rangers
    • Goose Bay / Offutt
    • Istrana
    • Treviso
    • Aviano
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Queen’s Birthday Flypast (June 1981)
    • Vulcan Silver Jubilee (July 1981)
  • Navigation / Bombing Competitions
    • STC Bombing Competition (May 1981)
    • Double Top (July 1981)
    • No. 35 Squadron vs No. 617 Squadron (August 1981)
    • No. 35 Squadron vs No. 9 Squadron (November 1981)
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance (ceased June 1981)

Ground Personnel

  • Daily inspection, servicing and preparation of squadron aircraft, in readiness for air operations
  • Administrative Duties

Events

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IMPROMPTU FAREWELL TO VULCAN XM570
[Courtesy of Richard Pidduck]


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from its own establishment):

Vulcan Profile (Low)

AVRO VULCAN B2

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

XM570 [Courtesy of Richard Pidduck]

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of No. 35 Squadron whilst stationed at Scampton, along with details of known losses and incidents: