3 (F) Squadron

The first front-line RAF Squadron to operate the Eurofighter Typhoon and a key part of the RAF’s mission to respond to threats to UK airspace.

The third shall be the first

This is a reference to the fact that No 3 Squadron, RFC, was the first to be equipped with heavier-than-air machines, a monolith, a cockatrice - approved by King George VI in September 1937. The cockatrice was chosen because in mythology it was the first creature to fly.


  • Based at RAF Coningsby, one of two Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) stations in the UK
  • The first British, Empire or Commonwealth independent military unit to operate heavier-than-air flying machines
  • The Squadron badge, as approved by King George VI in September 1937, bears the annotation 'Fighter Squadron'. The current badge, on the Squadron Standard, says 'Squadron' only 
  • Former aircraft include the Hurricane I, Javelin FAW4 and Harrier GR1 and GR5
  • Provided air defence for the London 2012 Olympics - the first time RAF fighters have been stationed in London since World War Two


1911 - Formed at Larkhill as No.2 (Aeroplane) Company, Air Battalion, Royal Engineers.

1912 - Renamed No.3 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.

1935 - Deployed to Sudan during the Abyssinian crisis.

1999 - Took part in Operation ALLIED FORCE over Kosovo.

2006 - Moved to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Battle honours

Western Front 1914-1918*


Neuve Chapelle


Somme 1916

Cambrai 1917

Somme 1918*

Hindenburg Line

France and Low Countries 1940*

Battle of Britain 1940*

Home Defence 1940-1945

Fortress Europe 1942-1944

Channel and North Sea 1943-1945

Normandy 1944*



France and Germany 1944-1945*

Iraq 2003*

Libya 2011

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


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