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RAF Coningsby.

RAF Coningsby is located south-east of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, and is home to the southern Typhoon Main Operating Base (MOB), with two front line, combat ready Squadrons (3 Sqn & 11 Sqn). It is also home to a joint RAF/Qatari Air Force Squadron (12 Sqn) as well as a Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) Squadron (29 Sqn) and a Typhoon Test & Evaluation Squadron (41 Sqn).

RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is one of two RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Stations which protect UK airspace. RAF Lossiemouth is the other.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is also based at RAF Coningsby with their Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Dakota, and Chipmunk aircraft which perform at many airshows and events up and down the country.

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RAF Coningsby Scanner Frequencies
Approach - 234.675, *362.300, 255.950, 119.200, *122.100
Radar (Director) - 379.950
PAR - 234.575, 276.775, *123.300
Tower - 124.675, 298.975, *122.100
Ground - 357.125, *121.850
OPS - 379.350
ATIS - 278.800
*= NATO Common Frequency

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RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is one of two RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Stations which protect UK airspace. RAF Lossiemouth is the other. It is home to two frontline, combat-ready squadrons and is the training station for Typhoon pilots.

As well as the two frontline Typhoon Squadrons (3 Sqn & 11 Sqn), there is a joint RAF/Qatari Air Force Squadron (12 Sqn), a Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) Squadron (29 Sqn) and a Typhoon Test and Evaluation Squadron (41 Sqn).

Also based at Coningsby is No.2 Group (Air Combat Support) with No.7 & No.8 Force Protection Wings. The British Army Royal Engineers (8 Engineer Brigade, 170 Engineer Group, 20 Works Group Royal Engineers (Air Support) are also based here.

RAF Coningsby is also home to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Typhoon Display Team.

3 Squadron - Typhoon.
11 Squadron - Typhoon.
12 Squadron - Typhoon (RAF/Qatari Air Force Sqn).
29 Squadron OCU - Typhoon.
41 Squadron - Test and Evaluation - Typhoon.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Qatar ordered 24 Typhoons in December 2017 and a new Typhoon joint squadron (12 Sqn) integrated Qatari personnel, including pilots and ground-crew at RAF Coningsby. 12 Sqn was operating the Tornado GR4 based at RAF Marham but their final Tornado flight was in March 2018.

RAF Coningsby was opened in 1940 as a bomber station. Hard runways were laid in 1943 in preparation for heavy bombers such as the Lancaster.

After the War, the base was used by Mosquitos, and then Boeing Washington aircraft from 1950. In 1953, it received its first jet aircraft when the Canberra was based here. The station was expanded and the runway lengthened in 1956. Avro Vulcan bombers arrived in 1962 for a couple of years and from 1964 the proposed BAC TSR-2 was to have been based here until the project was cancelled in 1965.

From 1966, the station became part of Fighter Command, with all RAF Phantom training taking place on the airfield. In 1967, the station became part of Air Support Command and the Phantoms FGR2 aircraft were initially in a ground attack role. In 1974, the Phantoms role changed to air defence and the airfield transferred to 11 Group in RAF Strike Command when the SEPECAT Jaguar took over the ground attack role. In the 1980s, the station received the Tornado F3 aircraft and new extensive hardened aircraft shelters were built. In 2003, RAF Coningsby was the first airfield to receive the Typhoon.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have been based at RAF Coningsby since March 1976.


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