1970

The squadron operated as a medium bomber squadron throughout 1970

Stationed at:

  • RAF Akrotiri (Cyprus), using Delta [or Echo] Dispersal
  • Detachment to Masirah (March 1970)

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing (providing bomber support in the near east, in accordance with the UK’s 1956 commitment to the Central Treaty Organisation [CENTO])

Command

  • NEAF (Near East Air Force).

Squadron Command

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander RK Hepburn

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 and Fighter Affiliation Exercises
    • Generation Exercise (February 1970)
    • ADEX (February and May 1970)
    • Pedigree (March 1970)
    • Epic Battle (April 1970)
    • Dawn Patrol (June 1970)
    • Shabaz 16 (July 1970)
    • Pedigree Five (October 1970)
    • Deep Express (October 1970)
    • Lime Jug (November 1970)
    • Hettie 2 (December 1970)
  • Rangers
    • Tengah
    • UK
    • Malta
    • Tehran
    • Ankara
    • Nairobi
  • Trainers
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Firepower Demonstration (September 1970)
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Strike Command Bombing and Navigation Competition (representing NEAF) (April / May 1970)

Ground Personnel

  • Administrative Duties

Events

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Visit of HRH Duchess of Gloucester October 1970


Vulcan XL445, flying as part of a 3 Ship to Masirah in December 1970

[Photograph courtesy of Dick Yates]


Presentation of the Detachment Board to Wg Cdr Christie, before the departure of the No. 35 Squadron and No. 9 Squadron to represent NEAF at the Strike Command Bombing and Navigation Competition (April / May 1970)


Aircraft

The squadron was equipped with the following aircraft types (from a station pool):

AVRO VULCAN B2

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

It is worth noting that whilst in Akrotiri, aircraft were on charge of the station, with Centralised Servicing in place. As such, the squadron badge did not appear on the tailplane, although it was displayed on the entrance door, along with the Station Badge and the badges of the other squadron(s) stationed at Akrotiri

The following page identifies the serial numbers of the aircraft that were available to the squadron from the Akrotiri Pool, along with details of known losses and incidents: