99 Squadron

Delivering world-class strategic airlift with the RAF's C-17 providing long-range, heavy lift transport.

Each One Tenacious

A puma salient - the design embodies firstly the squadron's history as a unit of the Independant Air Force and later as a Night Bombing Squadron. Secondly, Tenacity of Purpose, illustrated by the gallantry of daylight raids on Germany during the First World War and the tenacity required by aircrew of Night Bombing aircraft. Hence the selection of the Black Puma as the main emblem; independant in its habits and credited as being of the nobler beast of prey.


  • Based at RAF Brize Norton the home of the RAF's transport and air-to-air refueling capability
  • The first unit to convert to Wellington Bombers in WWII
  • Former aircraft include the DH.9 bomber and the Britannia 
  • Supported the hurricane relief effort in Belize in 1961 and in the Caribbean in 2017


1917 - Formed at Yatesbury as a bomber Squadron.

1940 - Flew during WWII as part of Bomber Command.

1945 - Converted from bombers to become a Transport Command Squadron.

1956 - Dropped Paratroops during the Suez Crisis.

1970 - Moved to RAF Brize Norton.

2000 - Reformed as sole UK operator of the C17 Globemaster III.

Battle honours

Western Frontier 1918*

Independant Force and Germany 1918 

Mahsud, 1919-1920

Waziristan, 1919-1920

German Ports, 1940-1941

Baltic, 1940-1941

France and Low Countries, 1940

Fortress Europe 1940-1942*

Ruhr 1940-1942*

Berlin 1940-42*

Biscay Ports, 1940

Arakan 1942-44

Burma 1944-45

Manipur, 1944

Eastern Waters 1945

Iraq 2003-2011

Libya 2011

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


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