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41 Squadron Goes Reserve
 
Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XX115/ER - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ109/EN - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Tornado GR4 - ZD739 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Tornado GR4 - ZA609 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Tornado F3 - ZE785 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Tornado GR4 - ZA609 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ115/ER - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ109/EN - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force
 
Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ115/ER - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force
 
Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XX752/EK - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force

41 Squadron goes "reserve"

Last Saturday, April 1st 2006, the RAF Coltishall based 41 Squadron formally disbanded after almost 90 years of service. The squadron standard was handed over to the FJ&W OEU who will keep the Squadron's long traditions as 41 (Reserve) Squadron based at RAF Coningsby.

The Squadron insigna is a double-armed cross - approved by HM King George VI in February 1937. The badge originated from the Squadron's association with St. Omer, France during World War I, the cross being part of the town's arms. The former Fast Jet & Weapons Operational Evaluation Unit now continues the 41 Squadron colours in pride. 41 Squadron is once again based at RAF Coningsby.

Together with this sad moment, 41 Squadron's sister unit 6 Squadron (the final operational Jaguar unit within the RAF) moved to RAF Coningsby to fly the Jaguar for roughly 18 months before transfering to the Typhoon.

RAF Coltishall was also officially closed for all air operations with a fly past of 9 Jaguars from 6 Squadron and the newly formed 41 (R) Squadron making a fly past when the unit took over the standard from 41 Squadron. The finale was a missing man formation made by a 41 Squadron Jaguar 4 ship.

As this would we be one of the last oppurtunities to see so many Jaguars at one time in action we decided to go to RAF Coningsby as all aircraft for the day's commemorations would either fly from there or, as in case with some Jaguars would arrive on their new home base.

As the weather was being forgiving to us, we had a fantastic day. With 16 flying Jaguars and the brand new marked 41 (Reserve) Squadron flying with 3 Tornados and a Harrier this, together with  a scramble from TDY based 25 Squadron, made it wonderful, though sad day in history of the Royal Air Force.

We hope you enjoy the photos as tribute to 41 Squadron.

 
Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ109/EN - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XX738/ED - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XX723/FF - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ114/EO - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force
 
Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ115/EO - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ115/EO - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XX748/EG - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XX725/FE - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ399/EJ - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force
 
Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XX767/FK - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ392/EM - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XX752/EK - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Tornado GR4 - ZA609 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Tornado GR4 - ZA609 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Harrier GR9 - ZG508 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Harrier GR9 - ZG508 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Tornado GR4 - ZD739 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Tornado F3 - ZE785 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Jaguar T4 (withdrawn) - XX835 - 6 Squadron (disbanded) - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ117/FB - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Jaguar GR3A (withdrawn) - XZ103 - 41 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Bae 146 CC2 - ZE700 - 32 (The Royal) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
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