Seek and Destroy

No 41 (Reserve) Test & Evaluation Squadron at RAF Coningsby ensures the Royal Air Force gets the very best out of its Tornados and Typhoons, as AFM’s Alan Warnes discovers.

RAF FAST JET TEST

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In 2016 No 41(R) TES celebrated its centenary, adding special markings to flagship Typhoon FGR4 ZK315.Rich Cooper

The squadron

Around 200 people work at No 41(R) TES in a healthy mix of civilian and military experts. The Air Warfare Centre (AWC) works with QinetiQ under a partnership agreement known as ATEC (Air Test and Evaluation Centre). Wg Cdr Steve ‘Ras’ Berry previously flew the Harrier GR9, then converted to the Tornado GR4 before joining the unit as a Tornado test pilot. He eventually converted to the Typhoon. In December 2014 he assumed command and will continue at the helm until September of this year.

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