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3(F) Squadron Association

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3(Fighter) Squadron - RAF Coningsby
3(F) Squadron started operating the Harrier in the early 1970s in Germany. In 1999 they moved to RAF Cottesmore, they were later joined by 4 Squadron in 2001. On April 1, 2006 3(F) Squadron disbanded at RAF Cottesmore and reformed at RAF Coningsby to become the first frontline squadron to become operational on the Eurofighter Typhoon. Its initial allocation of ten aircraft were in operation by October 2006.
On June 29, 2007 they took over responsibility for the Southern QRA replacing the 25 Squadron Tornado F.3 detachment.

Left: Typhoon F.2 (ZJ919 coded 'QO-W') when flying in exercise 'Wycombe Warrior' on October 3, 2006.
Right: Typhoon F.2 (ZJ936 'QO-S') over North Sea in March 2008.
Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ936 'QO-C') in a recently applied 3(F) Squadron 100th anniversary scheme at Northolt in May 2012.

Air to Air Action
Typhoon F.2 (ZJ917 'QO-G') when flying in exercise 'Wycombe Warrior' in October 2006.
Left to right: Typhoon F.2 (ZJ936 'QO-S') while air refuelling over North Sea (AARA 5) in March 2008.
Typhoon F.2 (ZJ929 'QO-A') over North Sea (AARA 6) in April 2007.
Typhoon F.2 (ZJ929 'QO-A') over North Sea (AARA 6) in April 2007.
Left to right: Typhoon F.2s (ZJ917 'QO-G' and ZJ919 'QO-W') using callsign 'Rampage 41' in October 2006.

Low Level Flying Action
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ920 'QO-A') in mid-Wales in August 2011.  
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ928 'QO-N') using callsign 'Typhoon 31' in October 2010.
Left to right: Pair of Typhoon FGR.4s (ZJ918 'QO-L' and ZJ921 'QO-H') using callsign 'Rampage' in the 'Loop' in October 2009.
Typhoon F.2 (ZJ934 'QO-T') through the 'Loop' in June 2007. Typhoon F.2 (ZJ927 'QO-M') in December 2008.
Left to right: Typhoon T.1 (ZJ814 'QO-Z') two passes through the 'Loop' in May 2008.
Left to right: Typhoon F.2 (ZJ922 'QO-C') using callsign 'Typhoon 12' through the 'Loop' in May 2008.
Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ921 'QO-H') using callsign 'Nightmare 22' in September 2008. This was the latest FGR.4 to be returned after its upgrade at Warton and was carrying a Litening III Laser Designator Pod.


Coningsby Action
Typhoon F.2 (ZJ926 'QO-Y') consumed in shimmering heat.
   
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4s (ZJ939 'QO-R' and ZJ921 'QO-G') in November 2015.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4s (ZJ916 'QO-S', ZJ920 'QO-A', ZJ925 'QO-R') at Coningsby in January 2015.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4s (ZJ916 'QO-S' and ZJ917 'QO-G') at Coningsby in August 2014. Typhoon FGR.4s (ZJ913 'QO-M' and ZJ911 'QO-Z') at Coningsby in January 2015.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ925 'QO-R' with two op ELLAMY mission marks, ZJ920 'QO-A' and ZJ936 'QO-S') at Coningsby in January 2012.
Left to right: Typhoon FGR.4 (ZJ921 'QO-H') in December 2010. Typhoon T.3 (ZJ814 'QO-Z') in April 2011.
Left to right: Typhoon four ship. Typhoon F.2s (two shots of ZJ925 'QO-R', ZJ916 'QO-U' and ZJ918 'QO-L') in November 2006.
Left to right: Typhoon F.2s (ZJ916 'QO-U', ZJ919 'QO-W', ZJ926 'QO-Y' and ZJ929 'QO-A') departing Coningsby in November 2006.
Left to right: Typhoon F.2 (ZJ922 'QO-C') at the start and end of its afternoon sortie. Typhoon F.2 (ZJ929 'QO-A') taxis back to the south side shelters in April 2007.
Left to right: Landing at the eastern end; Typhoon F.2s (ZJ916 'QO-U' and ZJ929 'QO-A' and two images of ZJ922 'QO-C') in November 2006.

3 Squadron's Harrier days
Harrier GR.7 (ZD379 '27') low level flying through mid-wales in September 2005.