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When the jaguars moved in initially there were three flying Squadrons. These being, 6 and

54 Squadron performing the role of a fighter - Bomber and 41 Squadron specializing in

Aerial Photography and Reconnaissance. The Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) of

16 (R) Squadron moved in shortly after from Lossiemouth. Their reasonability was to teach new pilots all the knowledge required for frontline service in the Jaguar. As many military aviation enthusiasts are already aware Coltishall is deemed for closure.

 

The units of 16 (R) and 54 have already been stood down and the air frames have been

transferred to the remaining Squadrons. The roles of the Jaguars are to be taken over

by the new, fourth generation, multi-role combat aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The program is rapidly moving forward and one by one the air frames are being delivered to the units of 17 (R) and 29 Squadron. Because of Typhoon’s multi-role capability

unfortunately for the Jaguar they are no longer considered cost effective and are being retired from service.

 

Is there a future for Jaguar personnel? Yes! Most will be transferred to other bases to

learn new skills and trades, to keep other types flying and in good order. Aircrew if

not taking an early retirement could possibly go through the "OCU" as do all new pilots.

Once they've become type qualified they may continue front line service. The future of the

field is unknown. Personally, I would like to see fast jets blasting out of Coltishall for

years to come. We can only hope the history and pride of Royal Air Force Coltishall lives on.

 

The Jaguar will live on here. The images in this photo report are a tribute to all past and

present personnel that makes Royal Air Force Coltishall what it is today.

The Sepecat Jaguar, loved by those who fly it. This aircraft will be sadly missed by

spotters and air show fans alike.

 

Special thanks:

 

The Corporate Communications Officer and his assistants who made this possible.

COLTISHALL BASE VISIT NORFOLK UK 2005

"Wind; 6 Knots, 270 degrees, Black Cat Six you're cleared for take-off...."
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Coltishall gate guard...
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