1976

The squadron operated as a medium bomber and maritime radar reconnaissance squadron throughout 1976

XJ824 [1976].jpg

Stationed at:

  • RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire), using Foxtrot Dispersal
  • Detached to Luqa (December 1976)

Role

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

Command

  • No. 1 Group, Strike Command

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander AT Atkinson

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 and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Index (Regular)
    • Mick / Sumbul (Regular)
    • Taceval (Regular)
    • Scorer (Regular)
    • Blue Moon (Regular)
    • Cloudy Chorus (Regular)
    • Datex (May 1976)
    • Crackforce (June 1976)
    • Joint Maritime Course (July 1976)
    • Active Edge (August 1976)
    • Teamwork (September 1976)
    • Solar Flare (Luqa) (December 1976)
  • Rangers
    • Goose Bay / Offutt
    • Luqa / Akrotiri
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Fairchild Air Display (May 1976)
    • Leicester Air Day (August 1976)
  • Navigation / Bombing Competitions
    • Double Top (March and April 1976)
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance

Ground Personnel

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

Events

XH561 at Fairchild Air Display May 1976 [Source: Sal Aguirre]


Wg Cdr Tony Atkinson (CO 35 Squadron) cuts a birthday cake during a buffet dance at Scampton’s Flying Bowman Club, to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of the founding of the squadron


Aircraft

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

AVRO VULCAN B2

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

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: