1 (F) Squadron is based at RAF Lossiemouth, one of two Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) stations in the UK. It's the world's oldest flying squadron in service and former Squadron aircraft have included the Bristol Scout, Hurricane I, Spitfire IX and the Harrier GR5. 1 (F) Squadron introduced the Typhoon's Paveway IV capability to the front-line.

It is part of the Northern Quick Reaction Alert securing the skies in the RAF's mission to defend the UK's airspace.

First in all things



1912  Founder squadron of the Royal Flying Corps, the RAF's predecessor.

1940  Took part in the Battle of Britain.

1969  World's first Harrier 'jump-jet' squadron.

2012  Stood up as the RAF's fourth Typhoon squadron.

2019  NATO Air Policing in Iceland


1915-1918*   Western Front

1915*   Ypres

1915   Neuve Chappelle

1915   Loos

1916   Somme

1916   Arras

1917   Ypres

1917   Lys

1917   Amiens

1918   Somme 

1918   Hindenburg Line

1918*   Independent Force and Germany

1922-1925   Kurdistan

1923-1925   Iraq

1939-1940*   France and Low Countries

1940*   Battle of Britain

1941-1945   Channel and North Sea

1940-1945   Home Defence

1941-1944*   Fortress Europe

1941-1944*   Arnhem

1944   Normandy

1944-1945*   France and Germany

1944-1945   Biscay

1944-1945   Rhine

1982*   South Atlantic

1982*   Kosovo

2003*   Iraq

(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard).