1978

The squadron operated as a medium bomber and maritime radar reconnaissance squadron throughout 1978

Squadron aircraft at Luqa (1978) [Aircraft Illustrated]

Stationed at:

  • RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire), using Foxtrot Dispersal

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance

Command

  • No. 1 Group, Strike Command

Personnel

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander R Sweatman

Strength


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 and dispersal, Cross Country, Bombing, Air Defence, Joint Maritime Exercise and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Index (Regular)
    • Mineval (Regular)
    • Taceval (Regular)
    • Cavalcade (Regular)
    • Cloudy Chorus (Regular)
    • Brown Falcon (Regular)
    • Priory (Regular)
    • Natinads (Regular)
    • Blue Moon (Regular)
    • Datex (Regular)
    • Joint Maritime Course (Regular)
    • Solar Flare (RAF Luqa) (August 1978)
    • Northern Wedding (September 1978)
    • Active Edge (November 1978)
  • Rangers:
    • Goose
    • Pacific
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Deelen (Holland) (June 1978)
    • Church Fenton (June 1978)
    • Edwards Air Force Base and Hong Kong (November 1978)
  • Navigation / Bombing Competitions
    • Double Top (May, June and July 1978)
    • Giant Voice (August / September 1978)
    • Red Flag (November / December 1978)
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance

Ground Personnel

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

Extract from a Flying Log Book (November 1978)


Events

Photo taken on August 8th 1978 at Akrotiri, en route to RAF Luqa for MRR Flight

Lieutenants Purchase, Collier, Lindo, Morgan and Squadron Leader Singleton

[Courtesy of Aviation Heritage Research Centre and Bob Lindo]


1978 Red Flag Crew
Bowey (Chief Tech), Keating, Butterworth, Hewitt, Lidbetter, Breeze, Doe (Chief Tech)

[Courtesy of MAHC]


Sqn Ldr Ed Jarron and crew at their Command Crew presentation (March 1978)

[Courtesy of MAHC]


DEELEN AIR SHOW

XM570 Vulcan B.2 at Deelen airbase in the Netherlands on 17th June 1978, during the annual air show

[Photograph with kind permission of Peter Terlouw]


Aircraft

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

AVRO VULCAN B2

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

XL446 at Scampton 1978 [With kind permission of Russ Smith 30.10.2017]

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: