XI (F) Squadron

Securing the skies and providing superior air defence at home and on operations.

Swifter and keener than eagles

Two eagles volant in pale - approved by King George VI in May 1937. The badge commemorates the unit's First World War operation of two-seater fighter-reconnaissance aircraft, eagles being chosen to symbolise speed and strength.


  • Based at RAF Coningsby, one of two Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) stations in the UK
  • The world's oldest, dedicated fighter unit
  • Aircraft flown include Bristol Scout, Hurricane II, Lightning F6 and Tornado F3
  • XI (F) Squadron policed the no-fly zone over Libya during Operation ELLAMY


1915 - Formed at Netheravon.

1952 - First unit to operate the Venom FB1.

1988 - Together with No V (AC) Squadron they became the last squadron to operate the Lightning aircraft.

2007 - Stood up as a multi-role Typhoon squadron.

Battle honours

Western Front 1915-1918*


Somme 1916


Cambrai 1917*

Somme 1918*


Hindenburg Line*

North-West Frontier 1930-1931

North-West Frontier 1935-1939

East Africa 1940

Egypt and Libya 1940-1942*

Greece 1941

Syria 1941

Ceylon April 1942

Arakan 1943-1944*

North Burma 1943-1944*

Manipur 1944

Burma 1944-1945*

Libya 2011

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


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