Celebrations, charity and cadet awards

Con-Official-20150508-0776-088.jpg - RAF personnel parade in front of the XI Squadron anniversary schemed aircraft. EMN-150514-135853001
Con-Official-20150508-0776-088.jpg - RAF personnel parade in front of the XI Squadron anniversary schemed aircraft. EMN-150514-135853001

A squadron centenary, cadet success and a donation to charity are just some of the things that have been happening at RAF Coningsby.

On May 8, XI Squadron, RAF , celebrated its 100th birthday

Watched by service dignitaries, friends, and family members, 60 RAF personnel paraded the Squadron Standard in front of the reviewing officer, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE RAF, followed by a flypast of squadron aircraft.

This was one of a number of centenary events, including a service, and the ‘laying-up’ of the previous squadron standard, at Lincoln Cathedral.

Wing Commander Chris Layden, Officer Commanding XI Squadron said: “For us, the serving members of XI Sqn, it is a great privilege and pleasure to celebrate the centenary of the Britain’s first fighter squadron.

“The ceremonies and festivities are a fitting commemoration of the service and sacrifice of our forebears, and an inspiration to those who will lead the Sqn into its next 100 years.”

○ Eight cadets from No 17 (Coningsby) Sqn ATC have taken part in an expedition as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh.