The Five Greatest RAF Squadrons

Some are famous for their heroic exploits in World War 2, others have histories dating back well into the 19th Century – and some are still operating today…

As the oldest independent air force in the world, the Royal Air Force has a rich history steeped in courage and daring. Integral to the RAF is its squadrons, many of which can trace their lineage back to the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Key.Aero takes a look at five of these prestigious units…

No. 1(F) Squadron

The Squadron was first formed as No.1 Balloon Company in 1878, becoming No.1 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps on May 13, 1912. The Squadron served with distinction throughout the First World War, with more than 30 of its pilots becoming aces during its time over the Western Front. On April 1, 1918 the Squadron and its numeral were transferred to the RAF, beginning a period of service that would run right up to the present day.

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